About 20 million children have been affected by the nationwide closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Ministry of Education (MoE).
A considerable number of children from disadvantaged households; including from refugee camps and slum areas have no access to radio hampering their access to the radio lessons being offered by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
Psychological disturbance in children as a result of disruption of the lifestyles and practices (that include not attending school) due to COVID-19 continues to be reported across the country.
Education Sector partners and staff at the Ministry of Education Staff require sensitization on guidelines for school re-opening, in addition to Psychosocial Support and Socio-Emotional Learning for teachers, ahead of schools re-opening.
Education partners continue to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) on planning for the re-opening of schools once it is safe to do so. This has included high-level discussions on the use of digital learning to expand access to learners in hard-to-reach areas, as well as training of teachers and school governance.
Provision of learning aids, radios and tablets for children in the Kalobeyei settlement scheme and Kakuma refugee camp, including the host community, and working with community radio stations to broadcast pre-recorded radio lessons for learners in primary and secondary in remote locations in Isiolo, Wajir, and Baringo.
Conditional cash transfer targeting children initially supported by diverse education programs is ongoing.
At least 37,700 children (19,219 boys, 18,523 girls) provided with learning materials, while about 373 children (225 boys and 147 girls) with disabilities/special needs have been supported with psychosocial assistance.
More than 18,700 children (9,401 boys and 9,322 girls) supported with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance, including soap, hand sanitizers, provision or improvement of latrines and provision or improvement of hand washing facilities.
About 1,300 registered scouts (650 girls, 650 boys) participated in response efforts, caregiver sensitized to support their children with home schooling activities and psychosocial support given to children in Dadaab refugee camp by different agencies.
Learning aids, including radios, tablets have been provided to children in the Kalobeyei settlement scheme and Kakuma refugee camp including the host community.
Sensitization of community on available learning options in other parts of the country beside the refugee operations by different agencies.
Engaging of community radio stations in airing prerecorded radio lessons for learners in Primary and Secondary to increase reach in hard to reach areas like Isiolo, Wajir, and Baringo and in the refugee camps (Kakuma and Dadaab).
Targeted hygiene and sanitation messaging through radio and mobile phones.
The ongoing floods have destroyed education infrastructure including classrooms, libraries, WASH facilities, playgrounds hence may make it difficult for school re-opening in the affected areas. Limited access to on-going government radio and TV lessons for the vulnerable children in the informal settlements and ASAL areas.
There are still no approved protocols for the re-opening of schools in line with COVID 19 global pandemic guidelines.
Partners reported inadequate resources to respond to their organizational COVID-19 Education in Emergencies response plans .
Hampered movement across the country affects monitoring of the reach of the radio lessons by MoE and partners.