South Africa’s lockdown was scheduled to end on Thursday, the 16th of April, but as you most probably know, it’s been extended for two weeks. We’ve seen the effectiveness of the initial lockdown with South Africa’s curve flattening — we have yet to reach our peak of infections, but initiatives like Ubuntu Beds are ready and prepared to support our healthcare workers as they fight Coronavirus.
Some of best things we can all do right now are:
- Stay indoors and minimise contact with others
- Support local creatives and businesses where you can
- Support local creatives and businesses when this lockdown is over — they will need your help to recover
- If you’d like a refresher on the do’s and don’ts of lockdown you can find it here
At this time, we still want to ensure you still feel connected, and to provide some perspective and a chance to find a bit of lightness. We’ll be posting content from our newsletters as bi-weekly blogs. We’ll share something for you to listen to and a few of the things that are making us get out of bed at the moment.
This week: This week: Embracing online education, 10 thoughts to help you Find North and self-preservation with Tamarin Gerriety from the ever-inspiring Documinute.
Let’s get into it.
Schools have been forced to go digital in a short space of time, they’ve had no choice but to embrace online learning, and where they haven’t (or haven’t been able to), students are falling behind.
It doesn’t have to be as daunting as it looks. Students are comfortable interacting online — they’ve been doing it for most of their lives — but this means that their expectations are higher. It’s going to be hard for schools to adapt and build content that meets student’s expectations, it’s going to be even harder to do this at speed.
We want to help get you and your team to business as usual as fast as possible.
We wrote Finding North (again) during the first week of the 21-day lockdown in South Africa. The general feeling now is calmer, but much is still up in the air, more so now that lockdown has been extended by two weeks. People are adjusting to the ground shifting beneath them and working from home is less than ideal, especially when you have no choice in the matter.
What you need to know: (2 – 3 points)
- Finding North (again) contains our ongoing guidance, some trends you should care about, and a few ideas to ponder as you define your approach to this shift
- In it, you will find 10 thoughts, what they mean to you, and how you can use them to your advantage.
- It’s our way of offering a bit of perspective and a little bit of help. It’s completely free, we don’t even want your email address.
Tamarin’s talk is the perfect dose of positivity to start this short week. The title of this talk is also quite appropriate. Self-isolate, if you can — for self-preservation and the preservation of others.
What you need to know:
- Tamarin’s talk is packed with inspirational stories of South Africans doing amazing things and making a difference in the lives of others.
- This is a great talk to bring a little positivity into your day.