When schools shut down across the world in March, Kinship Kids were sent home without any resources or plans to continue learning. While children in America hung on for a couple of months and made it to summer break, the school year in Africa had just begun in February.
They were losing precious time.
The Human Rights Watch recently concluded research in multiple African countries, including many where Kinship United operates, surrounding the challenges and effectiveness of e-learning in Africa. The study found that children who already faced socioeconomic inequalities were at extremely high risk of falling behind or dropping out of school if they weren’t able to attend class in person.*
Caregivers and Kinship pastors would agree. They reached out to us almost immediately after the schools closed, asking for a better solution. Craig Muller, Kinship United’s Executive Director, along with Kinship Founders across the globe, put their heads together and came up with an e-learning plan.
Thanks to generous contributors, we were able to purchase a preliminary batch of computers and basic school supplies to equip Kinship Projects to host their own e-learning. And it has been a great success.
Kids are excited to log on to their computers every morning and they’re absorbing and retaining what they’re taught. Most of all, they’re thrilled to be safe with their Kinship families and doing something to invest in their futures.
Would you consider making a gift today to support Kinship-based education? Your donation will help provide computers, wi-fi equipment, online learning subscriptions, and supplies such as pencils and notebooks. Donate here to keep Kinship Kids learning in 2020.