May 17, 2021 Jim Teicher

COVID-19 Innovations For Education

The Director of the School proudly shows a parent the new toilets.

Amidst the difficult times of COVID-19, we set out to accomplish a highly innovative effort with 3 targets: (1) needed infrastructure, (2) teacher motivation and (3) modeling the use of digital resources.

First we noted that locally the COVID  health focus was almost exclusively on student handwashing, ignoring the hygiene concerns of the teachers, many of whom are older, with chronic health conditions. Hence our idea to construct teacher-only toilets and sinks– offering immediate health benefits, but also the potential for an enormous motivational impact on the teaching staff.

Imagine sharing toilets with 300+ students pre-covid. Now imagine sharing toilets with the students  under the threat of COVID-10 and you have a sense of the heightened level of stress on these professionals.

Our new teacher-only toilets offered concrete evidence that they are valued and respected.

We also used teacher toilet “down time” to provide hours of training during COVID-19, a period when teacher professional training simply disappeared.  Teachers collaborated online to locate resources of interest to them  that we attached to the inside walls of the toilets. In the course of their “down time” the teachers reflect on new ideas and inspiration quotes. They are now excitedly engaged in locating digital resources and experiencing for themselves how this can  add to their motivation and professional learning…. on the toilet no less!

About the Author

Jim Teicher Jim Teicher founded CyberSmart Africa in 2007 with the single minded vision for every school to deliver a meaningful and affordable 21st century education—especially focusing on the poor schools others ignore. Jim is cofounder and CEO of CyberSmart Education (USA), a leader.. see more