Online Courses for Families in Egypt During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The center for diaconal services was established in 2010 by the patriarchate of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt. It offers a range of social and pastoral activities and initiatives, addressed above all towards women, families and young people. There are various aid programs for those in need, including practical life skills, literacy courses, ongoing educational programs, and a range of meaningful leisure activities for children and young people, as well as guidance in living a life of faith and many other worthwhile activities, organized in a number of different centers.
Owing to the coronavirus, direct face-to-face gatherings are no longer possible, so the center is increasing its online offerings. One initiative involves recently developed online courses for women, to help them overcome the difficulties of limited contact with others and the closure of schools, kindergartens and sport clubs in Egypt, so that families can continue to live life constructively and well. The idea is for women to familiarize themselves with new technologies and use them effectively, gaining confidence in these mediums so they can accompany their children in using them. Due to COVID-19, so many leisure activities have become impossible; now much schooling takes place online, so children are spending much more time on the internet.
The idea is to help these mothers appreciate the many positive aspects of the internet while at the same time understanding and managing the “cons” of it, to better protect their children. The mothers are also sharing ideas in the group. How can relationships and communication within the family be improved, faith deepened and families at the same time be supported in as far as possible limiting the negative impacts on the family and especially on the children? These are all long standing issue that are relevant and worthy of exploration.
Currently there are 150 women taking part in these three-month courses, and ACN is supporting the program with a contribution of $3,500.
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