The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has resulted in the deaths of 443, 685 people (as of June 17, 2020) globally and has led to the suspension of most economic activities devastating people’s means of livelihood. It has also led to the closure of learning institutions. In Kenya, the Ministry of Education has put in place strategies to ensure continuity of education through distance online learning delivered through radio, television and the Internet. However, these strategies have further widened the inequality gap, as learners from poor, vulnerable, and marginalized households are unable to benefit from continued learning through these platforms due to lack of access.
Further, with the loss of livelihoods particularly in low-income households, some children may be forced into income-generating activities to support their families’ survival. Also, school closure has stopped the provision of school meals and sanitary towels, which children from disadvantaged families rely on significantly. This raises the risks of young girls engaging in transactional sex in order to gain not only access to these essential needs but also to support their families. There is evidence that links poverty, lack of family support, and transactional sex to increase in teenage pregnancies especially in informal settlement where children are giving birth to children.
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