COVID19 changed the World. Education is possibly the worst hit sector, especially in low income countries like Uganda where over 70% of the population has no reasonable access to internet or electricity. With schools closed because of the pandemic, most children are not learning at all, instead are exposed to high risk circumstances, getting children into teenage pregnancies and child labour.
At enjuba, we quickly adapted to the changing situation to continue to serve children. We came up with a number of initiatives to reach children with limited access to technology while also using our social media platforms to support continued learning for urban children.
A girl holding a solar lamp and a book at one of these community events
Lights & Literacy
We worked with community based libraries to mobilise children and parents and we had enriching literacy activities such as reading a loud, story telling and spelling games in addition to parents talks. We distributed over 100,000 books to children directly or through community libraries and some 100 solar lamps. These events gave hope for learning for both parents and children.
Episode 1 of Storytime with enjuba
TV SHOW - Storytime with enjuba
In a bid to continue promoting reading on a wider scale, we turned our books into TV content – creating a new show – “Storytime with enjuba” and broadcast them on UBCTV - the National Broadcaster. This reached over 5,000,000 children countrywide. We hope to continue putting some more work into it. Here is the You tube version of the show. We hope to continue with this in 2021.
Teacher guiding her children to read.
Reading & Parenting Materials on Social Media:
During the total lockdown, we used our social media platforms to share learning and parenting materials. These were accessed by thousands of parents to use to teach their children at home. These tips and materials enabled 60% of parents to start reading with their children.
Girls in Nwoya District displaying their newly received reusable pads
Books & Pads
To encourage further reading in a community where several girls had gotten pregnant, we reached out with books and reusable menstrual pads. This encouraged parents and girls to want to be part of the cluster learning classes where they got pads and books.
The end to poverty begins when today's children have access to quality education.