- The goal of this is geared towards ensuring that all children, including those that had previously dropped out of school due to a myriad of reasons, return to schools safely.
- Besides schools, UNICEF has also initially extended it’s support to slum dwellers by donating hand washing equipment to them, as well as water.
- With 48 years of service in Kenya, UNICEF is one of the longest-serving international organizations in the country.
In helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the international humanitarian organization, UNICEF, has embarked on distributing disinfectants and installing hand-washing facilities in many schools across Kenya. The organization is also partnering with the nation’s Ministry of Education in a ‘Back to School’ campaign.
The goal of this is geared towards ensuring that all children, including those that had previously dropped out of school due to a myriad of reasons, return to schools safely.
“As children return to school, we are working with the Government and partners to help ensure a smooth transition for learners, teachers and the wider community,” UNICEF Chief of Education Marilyn Hoar said.
“As well as supporting water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools, we are continuing to provide remote learning support for children whose year groups are not yet back in school and providing parents with reliable and accurate information,” she added.
One school that has benefited from the UNICEF program in Kenya is Roysambu Primary School, in the outskirts of the nation’s capital city, Nairobi. The school has been furnished by over seven handwashing facilities set up at various locations in the school as a means of ensuring that it’s students maintain proper hygiene by frequent hand washing.
“Through UNICEF’s support, our students are able to wash their hands every morning before proceeding to class and on a need basis throughout the day while they are in school,” Nellius Njoroge, the Headteacher of Roysambu Primary School said in appreciation of UNICEF for the donations.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kenya closed its learning institutions in March, and it is only until recently that the country’s education minister, Professor George Magoha announced a phased reopening of schools, starting with Grade 4, Class 8, and Form 4.
Support For Slum Dwellers
Besides schools, UNICEF has also initially extended it’s support to slum dwellers by donating hand washing equipment to them, as well as water.
In that regard, the organization has installed over 1,000 handwashing stations in Kenyan slums, like Mathare, courtesy of a donation from UK Aid and in coordination with the Nairobi County Government.
Hand washing stations are key in the Kenyan slums to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, owing to the fact that many households do not have access to soap and water at their respective homes.
In response to that, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, commented thus:
“COVID-19 presents a huge risk to Kenya’s most vulnerable, including refugees and the urban poor – both directly and through the indirect economic impacts. The UK is alive to these dangers and is funding UNICEF to provide support to the counties most affected by delivering much-needed water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies.”
With 48 years of service in Kenya, UNICEF is one of the longest-serving international organizations in the country. the organization’s work in the East African state primarily focuses on promotingand protecting the rights of children and women.
The Organization’s current director in the country is Ms. Maniza Zaman, and under her very able and strategic leadership, the organization has successfully initiated and completed various programs right across the country. These have been beneficial to tens of thousands of people.