Covid-19 Resources

The Centre for the Study of Resilience is proud to share various Covid-19 resources with professionals and families. In trying times, such as the present world-wide pandemic- we believe knowledge is power and that through the sharing of resources the health and well-being of children, parents and caregivers can be promoted.


André Viviers (Education Manager: Early Childhood Development) from the United Nations Children’s Fund, made available a resource pack to support parents or caregivers of young children (birth to 5). The resource pack includes the following:

  • A daily routine to play, learn and grow AND plan your day with routines and special time
  • Shapes around us AND let's look at circles and shapes that are round
  • Have fun! Move and play today!
  • Have fun! Learn about healthy habits
  • Have fun! Learn about positions
  • Healthy food is fun and it helps us learn
  • Learning about healthy habits is fun
  • Fun with leaves
  • Fun with counting
  • Let’s play with shapes
  • Let's play and sort
  • Make your own Tippy Tap
  • Listen, touch, smell, watch and taste is learning

Apart from the above resource packs, André Viviers shared an educational game which is conceptualised and developed as part of ECD Let’s play, learn and grow together. The basis of this game is to try to find behaviours that are protective as well as risky during the time of COVID-19.

  • The game is not competitive (about winning or losing). It is educational with regards to understanding, talking, asking questions, and having fun while taking part.
  • The conversation about the things people do that can make them sick and the things they can do to protect themselves is very important. 
  • The game gives parents a chance to talk about the virus and to help children learn about the right things to do to keep healthy and safe. 
  • This game can be played by one player or as a group. It is better if parents or other adults play this with children to talk about all the things they find.
  • There is a message for the parents on the back page as well as more details about the game.

UNICEF furthermore provided a Covid-19 Coronavirus Explained to Parents of Young Children document in three languages, English, Sesotho and Afrikaans. We are also excited to announce that this resource has been made available in South African sign language, to view, please click here.

A big thank you to the Wits Centre for Deaf Studies for translating it into South African Sign Language for both Deaf and hearing parents of young deaf children- using SA Deaf role models for deaf culturally authentic ways of communicating. You are also encouraged to visit Wits Centre for Deaf Studies website for more resources.

You may find the OneHealth themed paper by George Luedekke entitled "The World at Risk: Covid-19, Global Sustainability and 1 HOPE" of interest.

David Osher, American Institutes for Research Vice President and Institute Fellow, shared the following resource with you "Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers" Within this resources emphasis is placed on four related concepts that are essential to consider in building positive conditions for learning at home:  (1) adult readiness to support their child’s learning;  (2) emotional safety;  (3) supportive spaces;  (4) engagement in learning.

Follow the link below to access this resource: Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers To view pdf, please click here
Visit which was developed and currently managed by Dr. Deborah Thomson. She develops One Health lessons for children ages 6 to 18 so that they can understand the inextricable connection between human health and the health of animals and the environment.  You can access One Health lessons designed for children and the general public such as;
1. COVID-19 lesson
2. Review Train-the-Trainer sessions
3. Watch inspiring webinars
4. Listen to podcasts focusing on One Health education
5. See One Health lesson reviews
6. Follow a One Health education blog, and more!! 
Click here to go to the One Health website.
Follow the below link to access interesting and valuable family resources, courtesy of the American Institutes for Research - kindly shared by Dr. David Osher, Vice President & Institute Fellow AIR. Click here for the resources.
The Disastershock Global Volunteer Team (DCRT) which currently consists of 92 members from 27 countries, translated a resource "Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disasterinto 13 different languages. You can click here to download the "Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disasterfree as a digital version. Alternatively, you can also visit Amazon, AppleBooks, and Disastershock websites to access this resource.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic globally schooling now occurs at home. As parents and caregivers we are now the custodians of our children’s learning and we are partnering with teachers to support children to learn to think about content. But how can we be useful to guide our children to learn?

We translated a user-friendly resource for families to use to direct critical learning into multiple South African languages. The resources are based on findings from a study between researchers at the University of Pretoria and the Pennsylvania State University, as well as teachers and learners in Mpumalanga.

Please follow the links below to access the resource in either English, IsiZulu, Sepedi or Afrikaans.

Resource on the meaning of an Afrocentric collective wellbeing strategy to transform pathways to equitable education following the COVID-19 pandemic in the esteemed Praxis Educativa. Of interest is that the Portuguese translation of flocking is the term 'afluir': signifying a convergence or gathering of energy, people, ideas, resources (similar to the confluence of streams to form a river).
Click below links for English and/or Portuguese pdfs of the publications:
The Centre for the Study of Resilience will continue to share and update resources to provide continuous support to professionals and families.
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