My message to colleagues around the world:
If you could send one positive message to your colleagues around the globe at these challenging times, what would it be?
If you could send one positive message to children and families/caregivers around the globe at these challenging times, what would it be?
What are you learning during these times as an individual and a professional?
As a professional, I have learned that such a situation can arise anytime, and one must be prepared and help their team prepare. We have to be able to change our approach to work within the existing situation. The most significant change in our approach has been the change from working in close physical proximity to working remotely (with technology). We do so because we do not want to lose contact with the children we have been working with or hinder their development process. We are frequently in touch with the team we are working with and the beneficiaries of our services.
What would you like people to know and understand about your work during the COVID-19 pandemic?
What concerns you the most now, and what concerns you most for the upcoming period?
The gravest concern that I have is that this pandemic has led to great unemployment in the area where we work. This unemployment will directly affect families, including children. The community is also continually migrating, and there is little certainty for them.
The child care centers (both private and public) are not functional at the moment, and when the parents go to work, there is nowhere for the children to go. During these times, there is also an increase in crime rates and abuse of children. The long term effect on children in this area concerns me.
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