Relief To Teachers As The Church Comes To their Rescue
The Church has offered to join hands with the State to offer psycho-social counseling and support for learners in all public institutions, upon schools’ re-opening in January.
This move will be one of the measures to help minimize the adverse effects of Covid-19 on the education sector.
Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Dr. Jackson ole Sapit said the prolonged stay at home, coupled with the general anxiety brought by the covid-19 pandemic, would weigh heavily on learners’ minds once schools resume.
“Learners have stayed away from school for long and when they open, there is need to offer them psycho-social support to ensure their learning progresses on well,” he said.
Initially, the ministry had tasked teachers to offer psychosocial support to learners upon reopening of school. the shocking part is that most teachers, even the ones heading guidance and counseling departments, are not skilled and professional counselors. They are better in advising learners than counseling them. furthermore, teachers will suffer very heavy work loads next year, and if left to do the dual work of counseling and teaching, the burn out rates among teachers will be on the rise.
The move by the church therefore will save teachers a great deal and protect them from burn outs.
ACK is also planning to distribute over four million copies of educational materials to schools, under Partnership of wholesome education pillar.
The plan between the Church and Ministry of Education, which is in its final stages, is part of ACK’s overall strategic vision dubbed as Wholesome Ministry for a Wholesome Nation that runs from 2018 to 2028.
Ole Sapit disclosed that the church would deploy clergymen and other religious officials to schools across the country to offer psychological, emotional and spiritual support for learners and teachers to help them cope with the new realities posed by Covid-19.
Sapit made these revelations while addressing congregants at ACK’s St Peter Cathedral in Voi town in Taita Taveta during the official opening of the church on Sunday, an occasion that was attended by Deputy President William Ruto.
Ole Sapit said the church was committed to providing a strong family base and urged parents to give their children moral support they needed to grow and become responsible citizens.
Substance abuse and sex parties
The bishop warned that the current scandals involving teenagers, including extensive drug use, sex parties and wanton drinking was a reflection of a generation crying out for guidance and help.
“These vices our children are engaging in should make us, as parents, reflect on our roles in the lives of our young ones,” he said.
He also urged Kenyans to observe Covid-19 protocols in places of worship as he expressed his concern over the large number of congregants who were present at the historic event.
“Remember that even as we celebrate, Covid-19 is here with us. I hope and pray God will protect us,” he said.
Addressing the congregation, Deputy President William Ruto said that the government was committing most of its budget into ensuring learning institutions were made as safe as possible for learners.
Stating that the country was not out of the woods as Covid-19 was still raging, he urged Kenyans not to let down their guards and continue adhering to health protocols.
He also noted that plans were underway to see ensure medical workers were adequately remunerated owing to the risk they faced when dealing with Covid-19.
“The government is committed to ensuring that schools are made safe once they open in January to stem the spread of Covid-19.We should not relax at all because the pandemic is here with us,” he said. Next