Children of the Kingdom has been able to distribute over 200 masks in India and over 1500 masks in Kenya to students and families as we continue to navigate the pandemic and do our part to help protect the health and well-being of these beloved communities. The masks in India were made by women in a sewing ministry in Rajahmundry, India, and the masks in Kenya were printed and purchased by a business in Lodwar, Kenya. We are grateful that these efforts could not only help slow the spread of this virus but also help support local businesses. Thank you for your continued support that makes these gifts possible!
This is a summary of the report written by Veronica Lemuya about how students are coping with school closures and online learning. (Be sure to watch the video below to get a window into what it is like for students to keep up with their studies in Kenya.)
When the pandemic emerged in March, many learning institutions in Kenya decided to close schools, colleges and universities under the direction from the Ministry of Education, the Education Task Force and the Kenya National Union for Teachers. Policymakers are facing the same issues in Kenya as other countries around the world as they weigh the options between closing schools (reducing contact and saving lives) and keeping them open (allowing workers to work and maintaining the economy). Students have been out of school since March, and this disruption has taken its toll on so many students and families in Kenya. Beginning in October, the Kenyan government opted to introduce online schooling for the second term for 4th year students (12th grade) and students in their last year of college.
Online schooling has been a significant shock to parents’ productivity and to children's social life and learning.
Students and their families are facing many challenges through online learning:
Importantly, these interruptions in learning will not just be a short-term issue, but they will also have long-term consequences for the affected cohorts and are likely to increase inequality. Furthermore, plans for the re-opening of schools are still not in place because many schools have not yet complied with COVID–19 health and safety regulations.
We have been able to send funds to the Children of the Kingdom office in Kenya to purchase 12 laptops for students that can be checked out and used for classes, and this was all due to the continued support of sponsors for which we are so grateful.
Please continue to pray for the students in Kenya that God would grant them wisdom, discernment, protection, knowledge, and understanding and that this time would not be lost but be part of the way God is equipping them to be servants in the Kingdom.