We are so happy to have students coming to the Centre again

Schools are now closed for a two-month holiday. In the month of March alone, we received over two thousand visits from learners across all stages. When COVID-19 struck and public places were shut down, we had to close our doors to the thousands of students in Malindi area who would access the resource Centre on normal school breaks. Last year, the Centre started opening up to students, following the COVID-19 set protocols on public gathering. In that period, we had 2,500 visits throughout the year.

During this long holiday period, our Elimu staff sits with students in the study halls, helping them access digital reading materials and guiding them whenever they need help. We have so far served over 2000 students during this holiday period. On days when the Centre is filled to capacity, our team led by our office assistant, Ian, makes room on the balconies, bringing in more tables and chairs; and other times, even giving room to students in our office spaces.

For many students, the resource Centre has become a sanctuary where they can study without interruption and catch up on what they missed during their school term. Here, students have a sense of control over their studies. They are able to access digital study materials as well as consult with our volunteer teachers in areas they feel stuck.

“It is essential to view learning as a total community responsibility”

It was such a joy seeing students stroll in again to the Centre in large numbers, all eager to get tablets and kindles from which they can access the materials they need to revise and work on their homework. Whereas students would normally stay at the Centre up until lunch hour, this time round we noticed students staying until evening; often revising or deep in group discussions.

It also happened to be a time for national exams and many form four candidates came to the Centre to polish up and prepare for their final exams. One candidate narrates his experience;

“I had really been struggling with comprehending one of the set books we were being examined on. And when I came to Elimu Resource Centre and requested to watch the play performance of the book, I learned so much about the context and this really helped me answer the questions in my exams. I am confident now about the outcome of my results than I was before.”

While initially we have seen fewer female learners coming to the Centre, this time it is the girls who are more active and who are requesting for digital devices and consulting with our volunteer teachers.

This is a good sign that girls in the coastal Kenya are embracing the value of an education and that they are committed to changing the stories of poverty and shame that have defined them for ages. We continue to encourage girls’ interest in science subjects so that they can be able to explore the variety of career options available in science and tech space.

One girl recounts; “Physics and Chemistry are my weakest subjects so far, so when we closed school for holidays, I promised myself to study harder in these two subjects. I was very ashamed of my grades and somehow I was wondering how I’ll make them better. One time a volunteer at the Centre asked if I needed help and I showed him a question in Chemistry that I was struggling with. He not only guided me through it, but has since then assigned me revision materials and exercises on the Kolibri platform which is greatly helping me understand. Now I never miss a day of study at the resource Centre. So many of my friends are also using the tablets we are offered at the resource Centre to study and it”

Seeing the Centre at full capacity is our joy. It is a constant reminder of the significant role that access to education plays in the lives of learners. Everyday a student can study at the Centre is a day we have contributed to reducing the many millions of students who go without books let alone access to digital study resources.

We are grateful to our partners for the great contributions to bridging the divide of access to education and educational resources for disadvantaged learners in remote and marginalized areas.


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