Students Succeed Despite Education Barriers Posed by COVID Lockdown

In the image, students worship the Lord at a Christian school supported by Set Free Ministries. (Photo courtesy of Set Free Ministries)

Most kids struggled during COVID lockdowns, whether the battlefields were academic or emotional.

For example, technology is widely available in the United States, yet shifting to a digital classroom during lockdowns wasn’t enough to prevent education loss. A study of 5.4 million students showed “significant” drops in math and reading scores during the 2020 and 2021 school years.

It’s a different story in East Africa, where Set Free Ministries partners with local believers to run Christian schools. “During COVID, when the schools shut down, we sent teachers into the villages to do homeschool,” Set Free’s International Director Dave McIntyre says.

“Now that the schools are back in operation, [we’re] finding that our students are much more advanced because they [were] educated during the lockdown.”

During a recent trip to East Africa, McIntyre met with Set Free’s partners, teachers, and students. “The teachers don’t see their work as a job, but a calling, and they understand the role of discipleship,” McIntyre says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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