Fourteen-year-old Sheldon Ngesa is a grade eight student at Missions of Hope International (MOHI) Baba Dogo center. Like many other students, who were due to sit for the primary school exit exam this year, Sheldon has to wait until next year [April 2021] to do so.
Having been home since March, Sheldon has now joined other grade eight students who followed the government’s directive and are now back to school.
“I had been longing to come back to class,” says the young boy who aspires to be a lawyer. “While our teachers ensured we still have access to learning materials despite school being closed since March, it was not easy studying at home.”
Sheldon says some of the challenges he encountered were unavailability of a smartphone, lack of internet access and having to deal with very many distractions at home. He says he would seek-out his teachers for the face-to-face interaction which worked better for him than trying to study at home all by himself.
“I am glad all that is now behind me and I can now entirely focus on my studies. I just want to move onto the next level of my education. I already feel advantaged because our teachers helped us stay up-to-date with the syllabus. I cannot compare myself to my friends, who are not MOHI students, who have been left behind in their school work,” he says.