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Has 2020 Shown That Technology Is The Future of The World?

31st December 2019 was just like any other 31st December Night in Ghana, Africa, and the world at large. In Ghana, 31st December is termed as “Church Reunion” by many people.

This is because it is the day all those who haven’t been to church throughout the year decide to go and thank God for the year that has passed and usher themselves into the new year. In the evening of 31st December, we all went to church or bed anticipating the new year that was coming, 2020. Just a few weeks after we entered 2020, there was rumour spreading that there is a deadly disease wiping Chinese citizens and those living in China. Initially, we all taught it was just a joke and that it will vanish in a few weeks.

Soon after that, we all heard that the disease has begun spreading to other parts of the world. This was when everyone became alert that the disease is real and that it was killing people. Somewhere in March, Ghana recorded its first two cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A few days later, the president announced the shutting down of schools and social gatherings in all parts of the country.

During this period, we all taught we were just going to experience this for a few months and then things will get back to normal. But that didn’t happen, as you can see we are still living in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once schools closed and social gatherings were put on hold, the next thing that followed was the shutting down of borders; both sea and land, and the airports. Next, the almighty lockdown was imposed on some parts of the country.

While businesses, schools, companies, churches, and others were closed down, one thing remained active, and that is technology. Below are some of the most common technologies that were used vibrantly throughout 2020:

Online Learning/E-learning

Because students especially those in the tertiary level and private institutions had already paid their school fees before schools were shut down, they all had to migrate to online learning. In the beginning, some schools were finding it difficult to cope but after some time they all picked up.

Some schools already had e-learning systems so they didn’t actually suffer. Also, some schools didn’t have anything like that so they had to build e-learning systems and so they suffered a little.

Through e-learning almost all public and private tertiary institutions were able to finish their syllabus and semester peacefully. This also made parents who were working from home a little bit relieved; all of which wouldn’t have been possible if not for technology.

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Source: Mfidie

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