Since the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was announced in Kenya, many aspects of society and the education sector have been dramatically affected. On March 15th, 2020, the Kenyan government closed all learning institutions countrywide to contain the spread of the virus. As the numbers of those infected by coronavirus rose to over 8,000 by early July, and with 1,000 of those infections impacting children, the Kenyan government proclaimed that the “2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions.” This announcement has led to repercussions for over 18 million students across the country whose learning has been thrown into limbo and has threatened the loss of educational gains and created setbacks that may be difficult to recover from. And while the Kenyan government has allowed students in Grade 4, Grade 8, and Form 4 to attend go back to school (students in these grades have been allowed to return because they must sit for their exams the following year), all of the children not in those grades are currently out of school.
The children in our Child Sponsorship Program not being able to attend school is a barrier that Action Two Africa (A2A) is trying to overcome. After considering all options, A2A has decided to pay for students to safely meet with tutors twice a week, so that they will not fall behind in their studies. It is not quite the same as being at school full-time, but it is the safest and best option that we can provide for children in our Program. We know the importance of education and we do not want any obstacle to stand in the way of children being able to grow and continue their education.
We look forward to a time when COVID-19 does not devastate the educational system in Kenya, but until that time, we will continue to support our community in Bungoma and give hope to children in our Program. Thank you, donors, for your continued support and monetary donations. Without you, the work we do here at Action Two Africa would not be possible.