In 2019, the world was rocked by a virus that was highly contagious and
extremely unexpected known as the Coronavirus or Covid-19. This virus
has since become a pandemic of International and Global proportions. Governments, policies, economies and the general daily lifestyles of everyone was highly impacted and eternally changed by this virus. As we strive to figure out solutions and remedies to this pandemic, we are assured by the medical progress that science is making in this arena. We are also made aware of the intense value of education and its significance in the lives of our global systems and communities.
Online learning was normalized through this difficult and challenging time and hence, became an evident component of parent and student lives. Parents in 2019/2020/2021 continue to gain a front seat placement to their children's education through facilitating and ensuring the continuation of online learning. Many parents have come to realize that missing an entire academic year did not set their children back. While others realized that homeschooling does have its advantages. However, the reality is this: parents cannot work full-time and be full-time teachers to their children and Agora Prep is keenly aware of this.
Our environment is set up as a "clubhouse" setting. A place where children can come and 'hang out' and learn together. Our school is attached to a childcare centre which means intensive cleaning, sanitizing, fogging and ongoing health checks everyday and all the time.
Our classrooms are large and only intended to be filled with 20 students each. We are going to limit the capacity to 10 children per room while this Covid-19 situation still exists. We have strict Covid policies in place that parents receive as part of their Handbooks.
Agora Prep Academy is designing a revolutionary "clubhouse" online classroom that will mirror the unconventional education offered to in-person learners. More will be revealed once this program is completed. We will feature social-media likeness in our learning that will provide students the opportunity to record videos, comment of posts, share their stories and ideas and connect with students from all around the world. Languages will be taught and groups can be created for collective learning. Interest groups like "Astronomy Club", "Fashion Design", "Animation", "History" and "STEM" are only some examples of what students can create. All online content will be moderated and kept strictly behind firewalls in order to limit external risk factors. We are working with AI companies now that will create this for us and we can't wait to share it with you.
Online Learning will have a lower tuition fee as it needs to be available worldwide. The virtual component also means that students will be home which translates to savings for you and your family.
In the meantime, we are following all health guidelines and Ministry of Education recommendations during this challenging time.
It will pass and when it does, we will breathe a sigh of relief (without a mask) and we will gather and embrace one another literally and figuratively.
This is the link to the website that we will be following: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidance-schools-childcare-programs.html
We hope to see you soon!