Palestinian Bedouins struggle with e-learning

13-year-old Waed Bisharat can't log in to her online class.

Like many children around the world forced into remote learning during the pandemic - it's a daily struggle to keep up.

"I struggled to enter the class because of the internet, and I was looking after the sheep. I joined the class late and it was over. I also face difficulty because there is no internet nor devices, as there are other classes on for my sisters, so one has to attend class and the rest of us don't."

Palestinian Bedouin students in the Jordan Valley have to deal with no access to the electrical grid and a lack of the technology needed for e-learning.

Her father explains he can't afford a mobile device for each of his six children to attend classes at the same time - so they all have to take turns with virtual classes.

He also needs his phone when out on the hillsides with his flock.

Even if they did all have phones, there's not always enough electricity and power to keep the mobile fully charged at all times.

A U.N. report from 2013 showed that many families living in this area controlled by Israel do not have a source of electricity due to Israeli-imposed restrictions.

Bedouin communities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank have struggled with power cuts, electricity shortages and high levels of poverty long before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The introduction of remote learning is pushing the next generation even further behind.

Video Transcript

- 13-year-old Waed Bisharat can't log in to her online class. Like many children around the world forced into remote learning during the pandemic, it's a daily struggle to keep up.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: I struggled to enter the class because of the internet, and I was looking after the sheep. I joined the class late and it was over. I also face difficulty because there is no internet nor devices, as there are other classes on for my sisters, so one has to attend class and the rest of us don't.

- Palestinian Bedouin students in the Jordan Valley have to deal with no access to the electrical grid and a lack of technology needed for e-learning.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

Her father explains he can't afford a mobile device for each of his six children to attend class at the same time, so they all have to take turns with virtual classes. He also needs his phone went out on the hillsides with his flock. Even if they did all have phones, there's not always enough electricity and power to keep the mobile fully charged at all times. A UN report from 2013 showed that many families living in this area controlled by Israel do not have a source of electricity due to Israeli-imposed restrictions, Bedouin communities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank have struggled with power cuts, electricity shortages, and high levels of poverty long before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The introduction of remote learning is pushing the next generation even further behind.