In many ways, a return to learning is vital. Though certain grades are already back in session, many are not. Around 80% of African children don’t have access to the internet. Without in-person classes, school simply isn’t possible for the majority. In addition, closed schools compound other issues, such as early marriages.
However, reopening schools brings a new set of challenges.
Financial and Facility Challenges
Joy Mueller of Kenya Hope explains that for many schools the government regulations will prove incredibly challenging.
“The government is requiring quite a few things from the schools in Kenya. There needs to be multiple hand washing stations, but there is no real running water [at many] schools. Hand sanitizers [and] masks need to be provided, [too],” she explains.
In addition to these requirements, students must practice social distancing, a daunting task for schools that already must cope with too many students for the space they have.
While facility challenges are great, Mueller says the bigger issue is a lack of funding.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
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