Sep 9, 2021

Students Are Still Learning!

Teacher Lydia
Teacher Lydia

Meet Teacher Lydia, Nyaka primary school teacher & counselor 

Lydia began working as a student teacher with Nyaka in 2003 and then as a full time teacher in 2004. Usually she works as a teacher in Nyaka Primary school, teaching students in Primary 2, 5 and 6 (equivalent to Grades 1, 4 & 5). During the pandemic, Lydia’s role has changed a little… Lydia has been working to support students who are out of school. She helps to identify suitable educational materials, print them out and distribute them to students. When government guidelines allow, she supports students in small clusters, helping them keep up with their learning. She also does a lot of counseling. Students have experienced a lot of loss during the pandemic and teacher Lydia helps them to process their feelings and feel less alone.  

Quote from Lydia: “My role in the pandemic is to counsel and guide students on how to cope with the lockdown.”

Many teachers like Lydia are continuing to travel to their student's communities to deliver materials and to teach small clusters. Instead of giving up when the Nyaka bus transporting teachers to their student's villages got stuck in the mud, teachers went as far as to walk to their student's villages to distribute study materials.

Nyaka teachers will stop at nothing to continue educating our students while schools remain closed. 

Student Receiving Materials From Teacher Lydia
Student Receiving Materials From Teacher Lydia

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Jul 7, 2021

Community COVID-19 Update

Nyaka Students Wearing Masks
Nyaka Students Wearing Masks

Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty). 

On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move. 

In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives. 

 We are:

  • Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students 
  • Providing health care via our community clinics
  • Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
  • Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
  • Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
  • Providing access to educational materials and library books. 
  • Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
  • Distributing emergency food supplies

From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!

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Jul 7, 2021

Community COVID-19 Update

Students In Masks
Students In Masks

Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty). 

On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move. 

In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives. 

 We are:

  • Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students 
  • Providing health care via our community clinics
  • Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
  • Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
  • Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
  • Providing access to educational materials and library books. 
  • Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
  • Distributing emergency food supplies

From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!

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