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Mentorship in the Midst of COVID19 Pandemic


Mentoring can be defined as a process that enables a wide range of learning and improving oneself through relationship with another more experienced person. In other words, it is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Mentor-ship experience and relationship structure affect the mentee positively in behavior and attitude.
There is no age barrier in Mentorship. Everyone needs mentoring at one stage in life or the other. It can be termed as an instrument that boosts one's hope for living. Mentorship is not a monopoly of teachers or counsellors as is wrongly conceived. In offices, a junior staff can mentor a senior staff and vice versa. It may sound odd to hear that a grown up child can mentor his or her parents. This depends on the wealth of experience or knowledge the grown up child has. In other words, the child's exposure. Applying Mentorship in our daily life will go a long way to better our society and ride it of depression, confusion, fear and untimely death. It will instill confidence, progress and long life to all and sundry.
This is the main reason students should be properly guided during this pandemic period. There no doubt that most of the students must be highly disoriented by now after having spent five months at home. This long periods out of the four walls of the school have done a lot of damages to their academic orientation psychologically, emotionally, morally and even physically.
Parents, teachers, school authorities and guidance counselors have a lot of work to do to readapt and readjust these children into the school system. Students and teachers are not left out in this readjustment and readaptation after the pandemic. At least their mode of dressing, seating arrangements, eating playing and study time table would surely change. Much assurance is needed to let them know that it is for their health safety and that with time everything would normalize. This is the period everyone would be his/her brothers or sisters keeper. The strong, the more knowledgeable and more experienced should ever be willing to give a helping hand whenever the need arises.
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