IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
COVID-19 and its effect on our scholarship holders (AiduFellows)

+++Update 15.02.2021+++

More than a year ago, at the beginning of the second week of January 2020, Chinese authorities made the first public announcement that a new type of virus was rampant in the city of Wuhan. Our lives turned upside down and over 1 billion girls and boys worldwide are/were unable to attend school because of restrictions or curfews. In Kenya and the Philippines schools closed as well in March 2020.

Whereas all Kenyan students are back in school since 4 January 2021 and proceed with their studies.

Classes in the Philippines picked up again on 24 August 2020 via distance learning and still are.

As the Kenyan students lost nearly a year with their studies, the government decided in October 2020 to change the school calendar for the next three years to prevent the repetition of a full school year. (Contrary to the info in our update in August 2020). There is NO extra fee to be paid!

Find here the new calendar for Kenyan School Years until 2023:

(School Year in Kenya before Pandemic – JAN-DEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--> Therefore the information about the school year in the profile of your scholar is not correct at the moment.

 

 

In case of questions please feel free to contact Matthias matthias.meier@aiducation.org or Andrea andrea.specht@aiducation.org

 

+++Update 06.01.2021+++

All Kenyan Students are back in school since 04.01.2021 and proceed with their studies.

Africa Today - Kenyan students back in the classrooms after nearly a year - BBC Sounds (2:50-8:58)

 

 

+++Update 17.12.2020+++

Nearly a year ago, at the beginning of the second week of January, Chinese authorities made the first public announcement that a new type of virus was rampant in the city of Wuhan. Our lives turned upside down and over 1 billion girls and boys worldwide are/were unable to attend school because of restrictions or curfews. In Kenya and the Philippines schools closed as well in March.

Whereas the schools in Kenya remain for most of the students close until the 04.01.2020. Classes in the Philippines picked up again on 24 August via distance learning. However, Covid-19 was not the only challenge which the filippino students faced this year. In November a major typhoon hit Manila and several of our students were heavily affected by it.

Below you will find a detail report about the actual situation of Kenya and the Philippines from the country managers.

 

Kenya

The Government of Kenya decided to reopen schools in part on October 12th 2020 to Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4 students despite having announced earlier that all students will remain home for the whole of 2020 and repeat a class in 2021 due to the disruption to the academic calendar brought about by the Covid19 pandemic. The Government had earlier since March 2020 closed all schools including public and private institutions forcing all students to stay at home and access learning resources via digital means. Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4 students (including our finalist AiduFellows) will now stay in school for 2 terms and sit for their national standardized examinations including KCPE and KCSE by March/April 2021.

By November 2020, it was further announced that all primary, secondary and college students would now resume classes on 4th January 2021 amidst slowly rising cases of coronavirus in an effort to save the school calendar. Secondary students, including our approx. 600 AiduFellows in Kenya all currently in Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3, will now stay in school for 4 terms with short holiday breaks both in 2021 and 2022 so that the school calendar resumes normal dates by January 2023 - which is usually 3 terms every year with one month holidays in April, August and December. This category of our AiduFellows has been most affected this year due to the lengthy stay away from school and limited infrastructure to access digital learning materials including lack of smart devices and internet in their localities of residence. The next academic year for this batch will begin in July 2021 and that is when we expect our AiduFellows to move to the next class respectively.

 

Information on new term dates:
https://d1c2gz5q23tkk0.cloudfront.net/assets/uploads/3010280/asset/CS_MAGOHA_STATEMENT-EDUCATION-COVID-NOV162020.pdf?1605524813

Schools to Reopen in January:
https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/kenyan-schools-to-reopen-in-january-3023514

https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2020-11-17/All-schools-in-Kenya-to-reopen-on-January-4-VttpVwYpqg/index.html

 

Philippines

Manila and its surrounding provinces continue to be in quarantine while still facing a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases in the wake of three typhoons. 

 The Philippines has reported more than 400, 000 total COVID-19 cases, with Metro Manila continuing to house the most number of cases. However, the recent typhoons forced residents of low-lying areas to move to evacuation centres where physical distancing cannot be observed. With the movement of Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses through the Philippines– internationally known as Typhoons Molave, Goni, and Vamco– the island of Luzon was declared to be in a state of calamity this November 18. 

Among our participants, 21 were flooded during the typhoons and are in need of help. The recovery proves difficult as their houses and belongings were destroyed in different ways. The resumption of distance learning among many colleges and universities after the island-wide class suspensions adds to the challenge students now face. While schools aim to observe leniency for those affected, academic work is difficult for those who face the trouble of recovering from the typhoon-related stress and the loss of much-needed gadgets such as laptops. 

Though we find ourselves in a pinch at the moment, our community's heart-warming response to the needs of our participants motivates us through these times. Despite the impact the typhoon had on them as well, they were able to come together and gather relief good such as cleaning materials, food, and hygiene kits. This has helped us immensely for the meantime, but the challenge of bridging the gaps of gadgets and internet continues.

 

+++Update 16.11.2020+++

The Ministry of Education in Kenya has today announced the school calender for 2021, 2022 and 2023 academic years. School will reopen on 4th January 2021. Grade four, Class eight and Form four will proceed to therm three and prepare for their final examination, while the rest will proceed with term 2 as scheduled before Covid-19 struck.

 

+++Update 19.10.2020+++

Kenyan schoolchildren in grades four and eight in Primary School and form 4 in High School returned to class on Monday 12th October, ending a months-long closure of all educational institutions in the country designed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The three levels going back to school are all preparing for standardized exams that were postponed from November to March. The rest of the classes will go back to school over the next month. 

While Kenya seems to get back to track with on-site schooling, the Philippines officially started with distance learning in August. Read about Johsuas experiences he made with online-schooling: https://gyla.net/news/333293

We will communicate with you as we receive further updates from our local teams.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
COVID-19 and its effect on our scholarship holders (AiduFellows)

After turning our lives upside down and locking us down for months, COVID-19 continues to keep the world in suspense. In Kenya, the government announced recently that all schools will be closed until January 2021 and all students will be required to repeat the full school year. In the Philippines on the other hand, classes should pick up again on 24 August via distance learning.

The coronavirus has provided us with a new reality. Here in Switzerland, things have calmed quite a bit: kids have started back at schools, restaurants are welcoming guests again, and people are going back to their offices outside of homes. The virus continues to keep the world in suspense though, and an end date is not in sight.

The rampant spread of this virus has brought about unprecedented challenges for us at Aiducation. We too are learning to deal with this new situation and are doing our best to keep spirits up. More important however is ensuring that the high levels of drive and motivation among our AiduFellows remain high, and we are in regular exchange with them for this. 

Over 1 billion girls and boys worldwide are currently unable to attend school because of restrictions or curfews. In many countries, children are at risk of missing out on education because of closed schools. Our talents in Kenya and the Philippines have also been affected by school closures and are currently at home with their parents.

Below you will find a detailed report from the country managers of Kenya and the Philippines, also noting how the situation affects your AiduFellow. In case of questions please feel free to contact Matthias (matthias.meier@aiducation.org) or Andrea (andrea.specht@aiducation.org)

Our goal is to move beyond these difficult times and see our talents succeed, and we highly appreciate your support in this effort.

With best regards,

Your Aiducation-Team

Aiducation International Schweiz
8000 Zürich
Schweiz

 

Kenya

Current situation (written by George Jilani, CEO of Aiducation Kenya)

Kenya’s academic year which runs from January to November has been affected adversely by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The Kenya Government suspended all learning in schools from March 2020 - after the first coronavirus case was announced in Kenya - thereby sending all students including final year KCSE candidates back home to be with their families until the situation is under control. In July 2020, with increasing number of coronavirus cases, the Kenya Government announced additionally that all schools will remain closed in Kenya until January 2021 and that all students including KCSE final year candidates would have to repeat the whole school year next year. This decision has affected the 761 current AiduFellows in Kenya of whom 158 are KCSE candidates who were scheduled to sit for KCSE final exams in November 2020.

Our AiduFellows are academically gifted youths from humble backgrounds. Most of these bright young talents live with their extended families in rural Kenya without access to internet, electricity, or smart devices like mobile phones and laptops. In such regions, the internet can often be accessed in cyber cafés, where you pay a small fee to use the computer and access printing and scanning services.

 

How is your AiduFellow affected?

Although the first trimester in 2020 has been completed, all students in Kenya will have to repeat the whole year. Normally, your AiduFellow lives in a school and has access to education every day along with three meals a day. While the inability to go to school is a huge burden, the loss of proper nourishment is also an issue.

Aiducation International Kenya currently in the process of contacting all families to find out how we can support our AiduFellow best in this difficult situation. We are also in touch with our partner-schools to see what additional costs will be incurred. As soon as we have more information concerning the financial consequences, we will contact you again.

 

Hear for yourself what our local AiduFellow has to say

 

Raymond, Kenya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLrgKs4xFv4

 

Links for additional information

 

https://www.nation.co.ke/kenya/news/education/cs-magoha-cancels-kcpe-kcse-exams-as-covid-19-bites-1446342

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/education/article/2001377906/no-kcpe-no-kcse-thisyear#:~:text=There%20will%20be%20no%20national,
basic%20education%20and%20tertiary%20institutions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6fJPhD0dBw

https://www.voanews.com/episode/teen-pregnancies-spike-kenya-schools-remain-shuttered-4344051

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZUudnkjbZY

https://www.president.go.ke/2020/07/27/the-tenth-10th-presidential-address-on-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-monday-27th-july-2020-at-state-house-nairobi/

 

Philippines

Current situation (written by Solvie Nubla-Lee, CEO of our Partner Pathways in the Philippines)

The Philippines remains in quarantine since it recorded its first local transmission of COVID-19 in March of this year. Manila and its surrounding cities and provinces are on its fifth month of restrictions come August. With it, it has been dubbed the longest COVID-19 lockdown in the world.

Schools were closed in March and the Academic Year 2019-2020 (normally August until June) was cut short, in many cases. Those in basic education had their year cut short by a few weeks, while those in higher education had it cut by roughly two months.

Despite the cases of COVID-19 growing nationally, the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) aims to begin classes on the 24th of August. DepEd has elected that students shall be taught through remote learning– either through online or radio classes or through completion of modules. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) also decided to begin classes in August with the implementation of online classes. However, the challenges to continuing education at these times are steep.

 

How is your AiduFellow affected?

Although the school year 2019/2020 has been shorten for our students the year will be counted in full. We will get reports for this special school year and our finishers will be able to join university. You will be informed about your AiduFellow as soon as we get the reports and updates from our partner in the Philippines.

 

Hear for yourself what our local AiduFellow has to say

 

Dayanne, Philippines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amXHaAQIV5A

 

Links for additional information

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/global-report-philippines-says-schools-wont-reopen-until-there-is-a-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.deped.gov.ph/2020/05/11/iatf-approves-the-be-lcp-school-opening-on-august-24-2020/

https://ched.gov.ph/blog/2020/07/10/universities-colleges-gear-up-for-opening-of-classes-in-august/

https://theaseanpost.com/article/blended-learning-virus-hit-philippines

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