2020 has been a year like no other. The global pandemic has created universal challenges to accessing education that millions have never faced before and the traditional model of teaching in a classroom environment has had to quickly adapt to the new normal.
For the last 30 years, Children on the Edge has been finding creative solutions to help children in the most challenging situations access education. Throughout the current coronavirus crisis the teachers we work with have been vital in ensuring that children are still able to learn despite the restrictions in place.
In Kyaka II we train refugees to teach, so that they are equipped with the skills for their future careers and to replicate our model of early childhood education, if and when a return home is possible. These dedicated teachers are only paid expenses, but have access to free university education. They are also given the opportunity to set up their own businesses through our small business loan scheme.
These were planted in the outside space surrounding every single centre, replacing many that had been damaged in the storms. Now, when the children come back after lockdown, they'll be returning to colourful, welcoming surroundings.
The pandemic has created many new hurdles to delivering education, but teachers across all the projects we support have adapted to new methods and shown huge dedication in ensuring that the children they teach are safe, looked after and progressing in their learning.