CALL FOR SUPPORT
HELP US PROVIDE URGENT MUCH-NEEDED HARD COPIES OF LEARNING MATERIALS TO VULNERABLE RURAL UGANDAN CHILDREN UNDER OUR CARE IN NEBBI DISTRICT.
On March 13, 2020, the Ugandan government abruptly closed schools and colleges nationwide in response to COVID-19, disrupting over 15 million learners countrywide. The social and economic costs were not borne evenly, however, with devastating consequences for marginalized learners. This was especially the case for girls in rural, and marginalized communities such as Pawong, Jupamagwar, Jupako in Nebbi.
As Edu Child Foundation one of our priorities was to make sure the people of these communities had the necessities to survive this difficult time that no one was prepared for. With this, a different question on how to engage and support the school going children arose, what would happen to these children if the pandemic caused the world to stay on lockdown for the whole year? While COVID-19 affected nearly all learners globally, school closures exacerbated already existing inequalities for marginalized learners and came with a host of unintended consequences for vulnerable rural children most especially the girls.
Since schools closed in Uganda, the ministry of education and other agencies have 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 during COVID-19 school closures is a deep challenge. Learning mediated through ed-tech remains out of reach for many disadvantaged children due to connectivity challenges. In remote parts of Jupangira Sub-county, for example, electricity does not reach households, excluding children from such learning spaces.
This is where we all need to come in urgently to help. As Edu Child Foundation we are dedicated to raising an empowered generation of young people and our goal to have them leaning has not changed. We are proposing an Education Drive that will help in purchasing and printing of school study materials for every child under our care, following the government curriculum. These will be in the form of Homework Packages of school work that was missed and those which conclude the school year. These will be delivered to every household in which all the children under our care dwell, with instructions. If they can’t go to school as it is the case now, we want to take the school to them. The Education Drive will keep them home and allow their parents to support their continuous learning amidst the drastic lock-down measures imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most importantly these children will have a fighting chance at competing with the rest of the children who have access to online and other ed-tech learning.
We need all the support we can get to make the Education drive work because we are looking at securing study materials for all the 100 vulnerable children under our care.
Now, securing a full pack of study materials for every child is costing $25. This means for all the 100 kids to have pull packs of learning materials; we need to urgently raise $2,500. They have already missed out on a lot and the sooner we can meet his goal, the better it will be for them to catch up. We, therefore, would like to kindly request for your generous support towards this cause. Every dollar counts. We appreciate you all for your generosity and help in this cause. We look forward to sharing updates on the support progress with you. Thank you.
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