Lodwar, 13 December, 2022 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar in Kenya has hailed parents in the East African country for struggling to keep their children in school during harsh economic times in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his homily at St. Austin’s Msongari Catholic Parish of the Archdiocese of Nairobi on December 11, Bishop John Mbinda acknowledged the challenges that many parents in Kenya faced, especially after they lost their sources of livelihood owing to the pandemic.
Credit: St. Austin Catholic Church Nairobi
To make up for the time that had been lost when learners stayed at home during the lockdown, schools had created an extra term to help the students and teachers complete the syllabus. Parents had, in turn, been required to dig deeper into their pockets to keep their children in school, a situation that Bishop Mbinda said had strained many families.
“Last year was full of challenges, especially as people recovered from the effects of COVID-19. We were domiciled in our homes; we were no longer working. And so, the livelihoods of many of us were severely affected. Many people lost their jobs and many others have not found employment yet,” he said.