In March 2020, a government mandate to close schools nationwide impacted 18 million children countrywide; however, the cost was not born evenly with devastating consequences for learners who are marginalized. Understanding the impact of the pandemic is a critical component in helping schools prepare for their reopening and how to best support learners and their families. With Imaginable Futures’ support, Usawa Agenda is conducting a national learning survey that analyzes the impact of school closures on learning outcomes among school-aged children.
We founded Usawa Agenda to respond to the worsening state of learning poverty in Kenya. We understood how poverty of any kind dehumanizes and makes people invisible. We had to highlight the plight of the afflicted, force a discourse about their state among the key actors, and shape policy and investment decisions towards promoting equitable access to quality education.