The organization has continued to bridge the learning gap brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in Ruaraka Community by engaging the services of the volunteer teachers and mentors who walk door to door checking on students’ home learning arrangement. Kenyan government have encouraged home learning for students especially for the KCPE and KCSE candidates. This has left many parents resorting to organised tuitions for their children while they are juggling between providing the basic needs and learning resources.Our volunteers have continued to play key role in the community to ensure that assignments and learning resources are given to the students we are supporting in our program.
In Ruaraka, Elizabeth, is working around the clock to assist primary and secondary students amid COVID-19 crisis. Elizabeth is part of a team of dedicated volunteer teachers/mentors working tirelessly to teach and mentor young girls on how to keep safe from the sex predators in the community and to focus of completing education. This arrangement has benefitted 100 girls and we aim to reach 200 more by the end of quarter.
May 7, 2020
Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on education in Kenya
By Paul M - Project Coordinator
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has affected learning all over the world. In Kenya, on 15th March 2020, the President ordered that learning in all educational institutions be suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all learners remain at home until further notice. To ensure that learners are kept active while education institutions are closed, some measures have been put in place. A remarkable step by Kenya’s ministry of Education is the use of an institutional resource, EDU Channel to reach out to ECDE, primary and secondary education learners. The resource is well developed, and if learners avail the opportunity, it will engage them while schools remain shut down. There is a schedule of radio broadcasting of education programmes (9.10 am – 4.50 pm), Mon-Friday, with one slot for news on ECD Education at 4.30-4.50 pm.
The burden on parents and caregivers has emerged as a challenge. Distance and home learning invariably places a heavy burden on parents and caregivers, with many struggling to support children in their new learning environment, often juggling between supervision, their own work and house chores. The organization has tried to bridge the gap in Ruaraka Community by engaging the services of the volunteer teachers and mentors who walk door to door checking on this years KCPE and KCSE candidates' assignments and supporting them with reading materials. This arrangement has benefitted 68 candidates and we aim to reach 200 students by end of the lockdown period in Kenya.
Jan 7, 2020
By Paul M - Project Contributor
2019 we had a target of reaching out to 40 needy students, we can report that our program directly benefitted 12 students, this is far below the target we had set. In 2020, we remain with the target of 40 students directly benefiting from the project.
The 12 students we supported in 2019 are happy with the support and we plan to continue with the support and ensure that they finish school with good grades. One of such students (Purity) who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scored 391 out of 500 and set to join Our Lady of Fatima secondary school this January Another pupil who was at Baba Dogo primary school courtesy of the programme scored 355, he is set to join Ruaraka High School.
We are happy the project is a success as more children finish primary and secondary school with a high level of literacy. We envision that by the end of 2020 we shall have reached our target of 40 students benefitting from the program and more than 30 students recording good performance in the national examinations.
We would like to take this moment to thank all our donors who made this possible by supporting education of these students. We request you to be continually engaged with our work by starting a recurring donation and by adopting a student and following up on their individual performance. We thank you for all you have done for educating the needy students in Kenya, and we look forward for your continued support.