While schools still remain closed, we’re trying our best to make sure our students still access online studies especially our post-secondary (PS) students. We’re doing so by setting up space in our computer lab for them to carry on with their studies. This activity is conducted by observing all the ministry of health guidelines and regulations to curb the spread of Covid-19. Even though the majority of our PS students have laptops acquired through the organization’s computer loaner program, internet connection still remains a challenge. Come September, in case the number of students having online classes increase the computer lab access might be a problem since it can only accommodate a few students. The program is trying to work out on how to secure more laptops for students to borrow and provide internet access for them so that they can study at home.
The program is also thinking of a way our secondary students can access online studies and resources that schools are sharing with them. Majority of secondary students don’t have gadgets that they can use to access this content so they end up missing a lot. Considering their backgrounds, it’s also very difficult for their parents/guardians to have smartphones that their children can use for online studying. For our primary students, they can get study materials and exams question papers from their respective schools through their parents to keep them engaged during this period. Literature books are still being issued to students through their parents during food aid issuance days. The library reading area has been used for storing food aid in the meantime.
Also, due to an increase in teenage and unplanned pregnancies in Kenya during this period, SRH talks have been conducted through Whatsapp for post-secondary and secondary students with online access. We’re also sending weekly messages to parents and students reminding them to keep safe and protect their children from unplanned pregnancies by educating them.