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How Online Learning is an Opportunity for the Arctic

  • Abby Conyers
| Aug. 13, 2020

Greenland stands to benefit from a shift to online education — and to lead the way for the rest of the region.

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, schools and teachers across the globe have been forced to move learning online. This transition — and the innovation in the space that will likely follow — presents an opportunity for areas that faced challenges to in-person learning long before the pandemic.

In Greenland, for example, 40 percent of the population lives outside of the five major towns, and the remote nature of many villages makes education beyond primary school inaccessible for some students. To continue education beyond the age of 16, many students must leave their villages to attend one of the country's four boarding schools, which are located in the more populated areas.

When faced with the challenges and tradeoffs of relocation, many students choose not to attend upper secondary school, or start and then drop out. About 54 percent of Greenland's population does not progress beyond lower secondary school, and nearly 60 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds have not yet completed high school or vocational education. When students do choose to leave home to continue their education they often do not return, threatening the sustainability of culture and communities.

Online education is a promising solution to Greenland’s lagging high school completion rates....

For more information on this publication: Belfer Communications Office
For Academic Citation: Conyers, Abby .“How Online Learning is an Opportunity for the Arctic.” ArcticToday, August 13, 2020.

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