SOCIAL WORKERS EMPLOYED
*Progress numbers were updated on 3/31/21.
COVID-19 EDUCATION CRISIS IN UGANDA
School closures, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are threatening to dismantle progress that has been made toward Musana’s mission. A Musana teacher explained how the pandemic has exacerbated the already dire living conditions for many students: “There has been an increase of street children. Now that there is no food at home, children have resorted to looking for food on the streets.” The sooner these children get back to learning, the better we can safeguard their futures and protect them from increased rates of child labor, malnutrition, forced early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence. Without action, the consequences could last a lifetime.
MUSANA’S HOME-SCHOOL SOLUTION
With schools remaining closed far longer than anticipated, we must pivot rapidly to meet the needs of students that don’t have access to learning. Musana’s new Home-School Program mission is to provide quality education and psychosocial support to nursery and primary school-aged children within the villages of Eastern Uganda while government mandated school closures are in effect. Musana’s strategy focuses on employing local teachers that will travel to villages each day to teach lessons, providing students with the education they deserve and desperately need.
$150,000 in funding will support the Home-School Program for 3 months, and allow us to achieve the goals outlined below. Reaching this donation goal depends on the generosity and support of people like you!
- Provide free home-school style education and workbooks to 15,000 primary school-aged children. We will achieve this by providing workbooks and holding daily in-person classes within various rural villages of Eastern Uganda. For students who cannot attend class, we will provide take-home workbooks with the support of routine check-ins from teachers.
- Employ 300 teachers who had lost their jobs due to school closures.
- Employ 10 social workers to provide monthly health checks and psychosocial support to all students.
- Provide meals to students in need of nutritional support.
- Employ women to make masks for students and teachers to wear, and mats for students to sit on during home-school classes.
- Employ boda-boda drivers to transport teachers to and from home-school sites each day.