Research Report Theme 3: The role of culture in alleviating the spread of COVID-19

In the context of this research, culture is defined as the way of life, including the customs, beliefs, and traditions, of a particular group of people at a particular time. Culture also encompasses religion, food, art, fashion, language, patterns of work and leisure and social habits all learned through socialisation. Importantly, the education system in a country is representative of the prevailing culture in a specific context and entrenches a certain culture within society. Education systems are one of the crucial venues through which individuals engage society, and schools form avenues for cultural engagement as community institutions. Given the interconnected world that we live in, culture is a fluid concept that changes as our interactions progress.