CHILDREN SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES UNDER THEIR COVID 19 LOCKDOWN

My name is Joshua Muraya and today I choose to write about my experience during the lockdown which has neither been the best nor the worst. It has affected people in both positive and negative ways, especially children. When the pandemic first broke out in Wuhan China, most people did not take it as a major issue until it became a global pandemic, confirmed by the World Health Organization. In our country Uganda, the president, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a national lockdown, and this meant closure of workplaces, shopping malls, schools, and many other companies. At that point, most people were scared and worried about what would happen next. In the first two weeks of the lockdown, my mother was really worried about my well-being and studying at home. So, she told me to keep following my normal school programme, which was waking up at 5:00am for my morning prep and studying through the course of the day every single day of the week. My school also sends us some homework to do as time goes on, but after a few months, my mother felt like this situation was not going to end soon so she got tired of telling me to study. At first I felt relieved that she was off my case, but with time I realized that what she was telling me to do was helping me, so I even became the one to remind her to help me print out my work so I could do it because she always used to forget to print it out. Later, we started having online zoom classes. We have them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10am and 1pm. We have two classes a day, but it was hard for some of the students to attend these classes due to lack of internet connection or even the devices needed to access the work. The ministry of education is trying to help us children during this lockdown by planning to distribute radios and TVs for children in rural areas to access lessons but this project came to a standstill when the ministry of finance said recently that it doesn’t have a budget allocation for this project. I wish the government could extend electricity to these rural areas and provide tablets or radios which seems to be cheaper than providing televisions. The government should also consider making special internet learners’ bundles for students who need internet to access their lessons because the bundles that are there right now are expensive for some students to buy. Besides all that, this lockdown has helped us get closer to our family since us children are always occupied with school and our parents with work. It has helped us to get to know our parents better and love them more. I can say this with a smile on my face…yes at least one good thing to take from the lockdown. With all that said, we are hopeful and praying that this situation will end soon enough, and everything can go back to the way it was.

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