A September child, I have always felt grounded in the Autumn. Always waiting for a breath a fresh air, a new beginning. This one has been no different in that sense, me reflecting on the past and preparing for the future–my New Year of sorts. But this year, I, along with everybody else, am facing perhaps one the most challenging Septembers of all times.
The Covid 19 global pandemic has presented challenges for all of us to one degree or another. It rather feels like the storm has ripped through our lives and left a lot of rebuilding to do whether personally or professionally.
To this end. I am excited to announce UIO’s first podcast in our Back to School Mini Series. Staying Safe At School During the Covid Era features five panellist who engage in thought provoking conversation about the return to school in both the US and the UK.
Whether returning physically or virtually, educationalist and students alike are putting safety first to ensure that they can learn in an uncertain space. Panellists Carmen Li and Sue Atkins both point out the importance of having our basic needs met first. And Nikki Gordon offers suggestions to students and teachers on how to transition from the physical classroom to the virtual for the best possible outcome. Students Zaqiya Cajee and Olivia Clark-Dixon bring their youthful enthusiasm to the discussion and look at how to move forward from a student’s perspective.
Though longer than our normal podcast, Staying Safe at School… is worth the listen for students, teachers and parents alike. As we return to our daily living, the podcast not only brings inspirational discussion on a shared topic, it also offers tips on staying balanced, on how to find opportunities, if you will, during a crisis.
Listen on Itunes, YouTube or where ever you listen to podcasts. Watch this space for next week’s podcast with inspirational speaker and author Suzie Lavington on how to navigate the new space we are in. See you then!