Teaching methods are constantly evolving and it is one of the IECD’s missions to support teachers in their implementation. In Egypt, in August and September 2020, the IECD delivered courses for 42 teachers and administrative staff at three partner schools with a view to improving the teachers’ skills in Microsoft Office and Internet searches. The grades showed an 80% increase in the teachers’ skills. At the same time, the three partner public schools benefited from the installation of Internet connections so that the teachers are able to access new resources and prepare relevant content for students’ online learning.
Support for alumni in finding work
The new school year has been eventful for young people still at school but also for young graduates,with this health crisis creating a great deal of uncertainty in the labor market.
In Thailand, 60% of alumni from the Mae Sot hospitality school experienced a cut in their wages as a result of the crisis and 8% lost their jobs. In addition to personalized follow-up for the placement of each young person, the school also offered financial aid for graduates to cover their basic needs: $80/month for buying a hygiene kit (including masks) and food.
The new class of the Mae Sot Hospitality School, proud to present the day’s menu on the day the school reopened on July 2020
In Madagascar, after a three-month lockdown and the complete shutdown of tourism, 28% of former students from the La Rizière Hospitality School earned full pay compared to 90% before the crisis in March 2020. The majority of graduates found themselves out of work and without any source of income. To deal with this situation, the IECD has opted for several solutions: in the short-term, emergency food aid for alumni most at risk; in the medium-term, the deployment of training in entrepreneurship to help alumni who want to start a small business; and, in the long-term, the overhaul of training courses in order to include more skills that can be transferred to the labor market (cooking in corporate or hospital environments, communication, basic management skills, etc.).
The economic model of school also has to change
In Thailand and Myanmar, the COVID-19 crisis has impacted hospitality-catering schools that operate according to a social enterprise training model. These have seen a strong decline in their income following the closure of borders and the drop in tourism. Today, a great deal is being done to attract a local clientele to replace foreign visitors. Thus, products and prices are reviewed so as to be more attractive for this new audience. In Vietnam, a new sales basket in the bread-making sector and a new BtoC license have been developed helping to boost sales.