EDUCATION FOR ALL DURING COVID-19
Since schools closed in Kenya due to covid-19 pandemic, the ministry of education indicated that learners should undertake online learning or technology mediated learning on TV, radio, ed-tech apps, and mobile phones. While such learning may take place in urban areas, for many marginalized children in remote villages, learning has been a deep challenge due to connectivity challenges, high cost of internet and high poverty levels. Such disadvantages present challenges for rural families and learners who must compete with their more privileged peers during national examinations.
In this regard, the Education For All project was aimed at bringing a solution to the inequalities that have come along with the online learning. We therefore identified 25 needy families in Ikonge, a village in the Western region of Kenya and provided a school package to a total of 50 school going children in these families. We also held talks with their parents so that they give their children enough time for their studies since most of them take advantage of the labour provided by their children at home.