Education is the key for children and narrows inequalities, and it is the bedrock of informed, a primary driver of development but it is unfortunate that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education ever leaving most children vulnerable.
The three-day dialogue on the future of children and education in Uganda that was organized by World Vision Uganda and her partner urged the government to reopen the schools with the already provided SOPs in place because a lot of children are suffering in silence.
Parents were unaware and unprepared for this tough situation, especially women, who have been forced to stay home without moving to go work in the markets and places of work that get them daily income.
Last month, the President of Uganda cut short the school short and reimposed a 42-day lockdown as coronavirus infections surge in the country. President Yoweri Museveni said that he was tired of receiving calls about deaths, but advocates said that he presented a wish list.
Private vehicles, other than those operated by essential workers were only allowed to travel if they have permission from their local village chairman, and schools were closed till further notice.
In the Parliamentary discussions, Flavia Kabahenda said ‘’there is a lot of abuse in form of sexual violence taking place in the home. if the lockdown is not lifted, we are going to damage the future of many children
Despite the delivery of lessons by television and newspapers, and the best efforts of teachers and parents, many students remain out of reach.
Learners with disabilities, disadvantaged communities, displaced and refugee children and those in remote areas are at the highest risk of being left behind. The president had advised having online classes, but high charges of data can’t be affordable for parents who lost their daily income.
‘’The education sector is facing an unprecedented curt of the COVID-19 pandemic and we need to work tooth and nail for education continuity in the country’’ ~ John Teberaho, Education Technical Lead, World Vision Uganda said during the dialogue
Parents have not been given enough support and the way to deal with children at home. Children’s emotional needs are completely being neglected now. Government health campaigns have provided very little guidance on how to cope with the stress.