As of the 4th of January Kenya has opened up schools again. This means that all of the children will be able to return to schools. We are really proud of them for managing homeschool so well. As most students across Kenya were not able to attend classes during the pandemic, the government has decided that all the children will start school in the same grade as in 2020. Those kids that usually go to boarding school, cannot stay there overnight at the moment due to COVID-19.
Additionally, until now we have supported 7 children of the care home because the 8th child was too young to go to school. However, she is now in the age of preschool education, which Students for Amani covers as well. Her name is Zawadi and we will be supporting her throughout her academic career. It is very important that she attends the preschool, as this will qualify her to go to a high-quality primary school. Learn more about what she aspires to become in the ‘’Makungu e.V.’’ section of our website!
Finally, since the COVID-19 situation is still quite uncertain, we agreed with the schools to pay the fees monthly instead of upfront for the whole term. By doing so we won’t have to ask the schools to reimburse us in case new government restrictions forcing them to close down are introduced.
Below you can find a detailed breakdown of the costs to support the eight children for the next three terms.
Education Costs 2021:
How we reacted to the pandemic
The outbreak of Covid-19 forced many of our day-to-day tasks to be moved online. After more than six months of online meetings and classes, we are all missing social interactions and we can’t wait for life to get back to normal. However, online classes are not an option in Kenya.
The restrictions imposed by the Kenyan government meant that classes for the children in the Makungu care home were cancelled. Not having the possibility to participate in online classes, we had to explore different options to ensure education to the children whilst respecting the government guidelines.
As schools are closed, there are currently no school fees to cover. Therefore, we decided to hire a personal tutor who will take care of the children homeschooling until Christmas. The tutor will teach primary school children in the morning and the high school student in the afternoon. We are extremely happy that we managed to find a temporary arrangement to ensure that all the kids will receive education notwithstanding the situation.
Kelcy, the tutor, is 29 years old and currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Education, Maths and Chemistry. Over the past three years, she worked as a temporary teacher at Oasis St. Luke’s Academy, Bahati Division Academy and Bahati North Girls’ High School. Apart from Kelcy’s excellent curriculum, she showed a true passion for working with children and after her Bachelor’s, she is planning to pursue a Master’s in Child Psychology. We are delighted to work with such a qualified and passionate teacher, and we are sure she will provide the best education possible to all the students.
Transparency is at the heart of what we do, so here it is a breakdown of the monthly costs of hiring a tutor:
12000 KES (92.44 Euros) per month for the primary school children
6000 KES (46.22 Euros) per month for the high school child
4000 KES (30.81 Euros) per month for commuting costs
TOTAL: 22000 KES (169.48 Euros) per month
Exchange rate 1 EUR=129.806 KES (source: xe.com, 18.11.2020)
As this is a crucial moment of their educational path, we wanted to ensure they have access to all the resources available. Education is the key!
Our first appearance in the press!
We are extremely proud to announce that on the 10th of November, we made our debut in the press! NRZ published an article about our story and our mission. We had a chance to talk about our support and collaboration with the Makungu project, the impact of Covid-19 in Kenya and our future goals and ambitions. As schools have been closed due to the pandemic we decided to hire a tutor to ensure access to education during these unprecedented times. We will talk more about our response to covid in the next post!
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We are finally a registered organisation in Germany!
This week, Anissa and Philipp have signed our registration papers to become an official organisation in Germany. Due to the geographical distances between our team members at the time of the founding of Students for Amani, we have been registered in Switzerland up until now. However, this brought about a few shortcomings, as donations from outside of Switzerland were subject to currency changes. With the German registration, we can now better accommodate EU donors! Additionally, we are finally able to provide donation receipts.