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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:10 PM

Jamaican teacher turns Kingston walls into blackboards

https://www.yahoo.com/news/jamaican-teacher-turns-kingston-walls-152816798.html


KINGSTON (Reuters) - With most schools in Jamaica still closed due to the pandemic, schoolteacher Taneka Mckoy every day braves the risk of stray gunshots from gang warfare and the oppressive Caribbean heat as she trudges around her inner city Kingston community to write lessons on blackboards painted on its walls.

Parents and children of primary school age take photos on their phones of the lessons or write them down in a notebook. Later, the children pass by Mckoy's home to hand in or pick up their homework, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing measures while they stand in line.

First, Mckoy got her husband to paint nine blackboards, then she started getting up before dawn to plod through a warren of muddy lanes and potholed streets to write numeracy and literacy lessons on them in green, purple and white chalk.

The teacher, who is now joined in her mission by other teachers, including her 23-year old daughter, estimated she is now reaching around 120 children.

And while lessons resumed earlier this month online, her project is as relevant as ever because many schoolchildren in Jamaica do not have access to the necessary technology or the internet - a problem for many families in Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the epicenters of the pandemic.

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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:13 PM

1. Great story

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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:39 PM

2. What a wonderful, creative solution!

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