Despite rising to the challenge to support refugees with basic needs at this difficult time, we continue to work hard to assist our students so that their learning can continue. To this effect, our imaginative and creative team at Xavier Project has been producing curricular based podcasts to distribute to the students we support across Kenya and Uganda. Written, recorded and distributed from team members’ own homes, the aim is to ensure that our students can continue their learning from their homes, and to make the study materials as accessible as we can. Over 250 modules have been produced to cover both the Kenyan and Ugandan curriculum that our out-of-school students are missing. Podcasts have also been recorded of our ‘Good Start’ learning package and tailored recordings on sanitation, health and personal finance. Our community partners based in camps and settlements have been playing these through hi-fi systems at food distribution meetings and at the COVID-19 mitigation trainings they have been hosting.
In some regions, and in line with government guidelines, we have been able to deliver the physical study materials that support the podcasts by bicycle. We are trying everything we can to ensure that our students can keep learning.