‘Provide more desks to allow social distancing in schools’

02Jul 2020
Beatrice Philemon
Lindi
The Guardian
‘Provide more desks to allow social distancing in schools’

PARENTS and guardians in Kilwa District, Lindi Region have called on the government to provide more desks to allow observance of social distancing in schools so as to avoid the spread of coronavirus to students.

Chairperson of  Mgongeni Women Reflection Circle Action, a meeting held at Kilwa Kivinje,  Halima Madadi, made the appeal yesterday during the group’s meet to  discuss the  effect of coronavirus to the communities, challenges and what should be done.

The call comes two days after the reopening of primary and secondary schools across the country following the closure of the institution in March this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting was organised by Tumaini Jipya la Wanawake Kilwa Women’s Platform with the support from ActionAid Tanzania.

“As parents we want our children to sit on desks in accordance with social distancing measures; to play our part, we will give our children masks, sanitisers and soap to wash their hands to protect themselves and millions of students across the country,” she said.

“As for needy students from less fortunate families who cannot manage to purchase these protective items, we as parents and stakeholders have the responsibility to mobilise and donate the same for them because the main goal is to protect all students in schools.”

Elaborating on the effects of covid-19 to the community, she said the majority of women in Kilwa Kivinje are currently undergoing economic hardships because they have been abandoned by their partners.

According to her, fishing is one of the major economic activities of the residents of the mainly coastal district with majority of Kilwa Kivinje residents engaged in fishing, food vending and small scale farming.

Elaborating on education development for children, she said the coronavirus has immensely affected their children’s education as most of them didn’t continue with e-learning when schools were closed.

“Instead of learning at home, students were involved in running small businesses like selling snacks in the streets, food vending and other activities while their colleagues from well-to-do families studied online,” she said.

The group has decided to embark on this initiative to support the children after discovering that life was very difficult for them as their mothers were struggling to get required resources.

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