All EBPP schools are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but thanks to ourteachers’ creative solutions, all students continue learning effectively from their homes.
Primary school students are still learning offline with all teachers preparing the materials and delivering to their respective homes, joined by a local tutor, with question and answer sessions relating to the previous learning material, ensuring that teachers who monitor students always apply the Covid-19 health protocols. Life is difficult though for our young students, as recounted by 11 year old 5th grade student Ni Luh A in Jatituhu, who doesthough remainpositive about her future:
Happy to help parents at home during the Covid-19 pandemic
“My name is Ni Luh A. I’m 11 years old and a fifth grade elementary student at EBPP Jatituhu School. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak when EBPP schools had to close, my friends and I have to study at home.
I live with my father and brother as my mother died two years ago during the August 2018 Lombok earthquakes. Initially studying at home was a little difficult for me because I had no friends to discuss with because our house very far from other houses. Fortunately our teachers come every few days to deliver study material, when I can ask questions about the subject materials given earlier. Besides, studying at home, I also need to help my fatherwith domestic chores.
Every morning after waking up and cutting grass for the cows that my father and I keep, I have to find firewood to cook and help my father harvest chillies in the garden. The condition of our fields is very dry, steep and difficult to get water, and we can only grow food such as corn, cassava and beans during the rainy season!
Hopefully this Covid-19 virus will soon pass so that my friends andI can study again at school like before! I also thank EBPP and all donors who have helped especially in Education program. Without the help of EBPP, all students in Jatituhu hamlet could not continuing school. I hope to learn a lot at school so that later I can be successful and help my family to have a better life.”
Junior and senior high students
Junior and senior high school students continue learning online through the WhatsApp groups,even though many having to trek very far to find an internet signal so they can receive online materials and communicate directly with the teachers for solutions to learning problems – any time of day though!
Four graduates to University
At the same time that the new school year started in July, four of our students who graduated high school in June - 2 from Pengalusan and 2 from Jatituhu - started their sponsored university education, with online introductory classes. The two from Pengalusan School studying Accounting and Culinary Cook, and the two from Jatituhu, majoring in Accounting and EducationCounselling respectively. To prepare them for this new and challenging university life, EBPP’s dedicated teachers prepared and delivered intensive computer and English courses, with individual guidance and mentoring, because they have never carried out activities like this before.
Monthly food, hygiene and sanitation supplies
During the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the current dry season, all students and their families have difficulty sourcing suitable food supplies, but thanks to generousdonors,especially those who donated during our GlobalGiving July Bonus Day campaign, EBPP can continue providing monthly nutritious food packages of rice, green beans, cooking oil and dried fish for all students so that students can study in peace at home withfull nutrition intake, and ease the burden on their families during this pandemic. EBPP MUSTcontinue providing food aid – subject to sufficient donor funds – until December as the government has confirmed that schools cannot open before 2021!
In addition to food aid, we continue distributing hygiene and sanitation supplies to all students while educating on health protocols to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and ensure that students are always healthy and can continue to learn well.