Did you know that a lot of people finish school and are not employable? They do not have some basic skills such as team work, cooperation, tolerance and so on. These are skills that children learn from from the people around them as they grow up. However, most parents are so busy or they are not even aware that they have the responsibility to help their children learn these skills to survive and thrive in the world. Right now an opportunity has offered itself through the lockdown during the COVID 19 situation. As our lifestyle and livelihood has been put on hold and at a standstill. Our great towns and cities in Ghana fallen to silence, public gatherings cancelled, basic schools, colleges, churches, mosques, universities all been closed down. Students are on compulsory holidays and parents are concerned. Some are employing the services of private tutors for their children which is not a bad idea, but I think this lockdown is a blessing in disguise for this generation to learn one or two skills from their parents and for parents to spend quality time with their kids. Of course, we cannot regain lost time today, tomorrow or any day but we can try and turn this into moment into something positive.
How about using these trying times of partial lockdown to teach your kids how to treat others with respect, to cook, to do laundry, to iron , check the oil in the car or bike, to learn a skill or skills in crafts or explain the essence of family belonging and connections. What not use the time to learn about the merits and demerits of the kind of friends they make. The crafts and skills they learn today will go a long way to helping them in life. When I first heard about this new corona virus, I didn’t take it seriously as it seemed so far from me and my country. I took no notice of it. Less than three or four months the virus is in my country and affecting our way of life directly or indirectly. Time lost, we can’t get back but we can make the most of this current lockdown time.
Remember that not all learning is done in a classroom, all the more reason we should make good use of this current time. Why not make use of the next month good use help your children expand their knowledge, perhaps learns about the concepts of gratitude, of togetherness, peace and love. Life goes on. Don’t put your life on hold. Live it but remember these are times of uncertainty and danger, so stay safe and be careful. For some children, especially those in cities like Accra, this is the first time they may be spending one full uninterrupted week with both parents, not because the parents do not care about the children but because they have to work and make money to meet the needs of the family. And even as a parent or whatever role you have, this is also an opportunity to learn something new, call your friends, mend broken relationships, fix your home, rest, read a book, engage in a physical activity, learn to dance and so many others. There are so many useful videos that we can learn from on youtube. There is nothing much we can do about the lock down, but there is a lot we can do with it.