COVID 19 STALLED LEARNING IN OUR SCHOOL FOR MONTHS
By James Omolo - Project Leader
It’s been now over four months since the government of Kenya closed all the schools in the country following the outbreak of this corona disease and life hasn’t been so easy for most of the children staying at home with their parents including the ones that would be sitting for their last examinations latter tis year. Its been ahrd for them to stay at home without any learning going on.
This disease has brought learning in Kenya to a halt and hence the children have nothing to do at home, the school will reopen once the government gives a directive on what is to be done before the reopening of the schools herein Kenya. This has affected our learning calendar especially with the national examinations candidates whom are not certain when they would be sitting for their end of primary education examinations which was scheduled to be done in the month of November this year.
So far we are at the Fourth classroom and we still have four to go as we needed a total of eight classrooms for all our children to have descent water proof classrooms.To give you an update on the building of our new classrooms we are still mobilizing materials and resources for the faur remaining classrooms, and this month we got good news from one of the organizations in Kenya which has agreed to partner with us to build to support in buiding two nursery classrooms which went down due to the floods this year and these two classes would house the smallest children in the school. They will be used for Early childhood Development centre, the organization has agreed to fund us to the tune of $100,000 USD on conditional grant that we must also raise the similar amount so that we will be able to build these two classroom of our ECD children. This comes amid Covid 19 pandemic and the challenge on our side is how we would raise this prerequisite amount from our side so that we could access these funds for doing the two classes but we do hope for the best as we reach out to well-wishers around here in Kenya and beyond.
Its my humble oppinion that we must move with speed before the government opens the schools in their new academic calender after covid. In this way we have all the time to enable us get well prepared for the social distancing in schools which will imply we have the required numebr of children per class. Seems even children in government school would be reduced hence the number of children coming to our school would increase signiaficantly hence the demand to have all these classes ready for this eventuality.
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