The Department of Education is launching a new learn-at-home website for students at the request of parents and caregivers today. Since March 17 all schools in Nunavut have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The website, Angirrami Ilinniarniq (angirrami.com), has been specifically created to provide educational resources for students to continue learning while remaining at home.
It offers free access and provides the same educational resources used in schools, explained Minister of Education David Joanaise. The website includes downloadable books, e-books, audiobooks, animated videos and resources addressing mental health.
Angirrami Ilinniarniq also provides links to alternative online educational resources for science, math, history and social studies. Links will be available to download the following apps: Uqausiit Pinnguarutiit, Titirariuqsauti and Qimirrunaut. These apps are all for Inuktut language learning.
Joanaise assured new resources will be added “regularly,” but did not provide specific dates for launching the new materials. The priority will be to put up Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun resources, followed by English and French resources, he said.
“The aim is to ensure that all students have access to learning materials, whether it’s electronic or paper based,” said Joanaise.
While meeting these goals, his department is taking into account that every household may not have a computer and or internet access.
The Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson has recommended that schools and daycare facilities remain closed until April 20. The situation will be reassessed in three weeks.
There are still zero cases of COVID-19 in the territory.
315 Nunavummiut are currently self-isolating in hotels in southern Canada. Of these, 178 are medical travel patients, 78 are residents of Nunavut wanting to return home and 59 are Nunavut students.