Schools may close but learning never stops

The Covid-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the essential role that parents and caregivers play in supporting learning when schools are closed. With schools closed, caregivers were tasked with setting up new learning routines, providing engaging learning environments, accessing and utilising digital learning resources, addressing mental health issues, and a variety of other responsibilities.

We reached out to Kenyan caregivers to best understand their challenges, motivations and needs to lead learning at home, and we designed a set of interventions to best support them based on their feedback. Keep Kenya Learning aims to support caregivers with the confidence, digital literacy, community and resources to build a strong learning environment for their children.

Keep Kenya Learning Campaign

Although the Keep Kenya Learning campaign was born as a response to school closures, we saw an opportunity to build new mindsets, skills, habits and tools that would empower caregivers to be more involved in their children’s learning long-term. Data shows that caregiver involvement is a driver of long-term success and we believe that with the right support, caregivers can be powerful actors in addressing systemic learning poverty.

Keep Kenya Learning aims to be a connector in an already powerful education ecosystem. Education organisations in Kenya are already doing incredible work to support parents and learners at home. We want to amplify this work through the #KeepKenya Learning campaign and ensure all families have access to the resources they need.

The Keep Kenya Learning campaign:

We are also working to foster a conversation online and offline that will allow caregivers and learners to showcase the innovative ways in which they are practising Learn, Create, Play — the categories of resources that are featured in the campaign. These categories are based on the 7 core competencies outlined by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in the Competency-Based Curriculum.
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Learn

Learners will consume KICD-approved content and build traditional and digital literacy skills. Learners can increase self efficacy through practise in a low-stakes environment.
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Create

Learners will use their imagination and creativity to design and build. They will practice communication skills as they share their work.
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Play

Learners will practise critical thinking and problem solving through interactive play. Learners will learn to collaborate through games and team based activities.