The Covid 19 pandemic is having a large impact across the globe and in Kenya the situation's no different, however they face a different set of unique challenges.
Although Kenya currently has relatively few recorded cases (only about 200 as at 11th April) and deaths compared to western Europe, they seem to be some weeks behind, but the cases are increasing daily. We can only imagine what will happen in areas where social distancing is almost impossible such as the large slum areas in Nairobi. Life is already tough with many organisations and companies faced with financial distress. We only hope that the spread of the disease will be managed and life returns to normal as soon as possible. However, there are major issues in some areas where religious and social gatherings have not ceased. There is a national night time curfew – being strongly enforced, depicted in the images from the Kenyan National newspaper – The Nation.
We're in contact with our link schools and are doing what we can to support our students as we can and have the following updates from them.
Schools closed early for the Easter holiday and would be due to return about the first week in May, however, at this stage there's likely to be a delayed return. Many students couldn't complete their exams at school so there are some arrangements for assessments at home, plus assignments to keep them busy. The government is currently trying to bring learning through Radios, TVs and online, which may not be that effective as many students can’t access those platforms from home depending on their circumstances and there's some criticism that these things haven't been thought through properly.
For further information here's a link to a further article about the situation in Kenya in The Nation.