When I'm outside of the village, we're lucky that my trainee has enough Internet for me to answer real-time queries filling that extra ten minute lull in the class, and communicate at certain times of the day.
It is essential that we develop a workable blueprint for honest virtual communication such that when we transition to online feedback with intermittent visits, teachers will be able to carry on and thrive independently.
I did laugh to myself when the young baby who lives opposite my trainee came in and was presented with my student’s cell phone to play with. Even in an environment without running water or main electric, a toddler knows how to swipe and tap away on a touch screen device. While some may presume to say that this is an invasion of traditional values or a dilution of culture, I would argue that it is a way to attain vision and hope for an emerging generation to change their environment for the better.
NEH Coordinator and Teacher Trainer
Photo Credit: "Close up person using smartphone" by Japanexperterna (CC BY SA)