The Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) has no doubt adversely affected the global economy. It has forced governments across the world to place a restriction on movement while exempting providers of essential services who are to strictly observe social distancing rules while providing services as a way to curtail the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, the educational sector is on the receiving end.
In Nigeria, COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem of educational inequality. Our educational system has been devastated and children from poor families are bearing the brunt of it. Pointing to the fact that schools are not physically resuming anytime soon. These Nigerian youths, who were identified to be members of a service to humanity group named Alpha Community Outreach have taken it upon their selves to engage vulnerable children in some communities in Orlu and Orsu L.G.A, Imo State who were placed out of school due to the Pandemic in Cluster learning.
The group led by Elvis Chinedu Amadi, is made up of graduates and undergraduates from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO),Imo State University (IMSU), Federal Polytechnic Nekede and Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education. The group embarked on Community Clusters Academic Project to provide platforms where children/students in some communities in Orsu and Orlu L.G.A, Imo state can have access to free basic academic learning and training to reduce abuse, illiteracy and inequality during the lockdown, they were also provided with learning materials and personal healthcare materials to enable them learn effectively in a safe environment.
The Project will directly impact on over 1,000 children in different communities in Orsu and Orlu L.G.A, Imo state and will run until schools resumption.
Children from one of the learning cluster in Akuma, Awo Idemili, in Orsu L.G.A which is supervised by Adiwee Prisca Chinonso were seen showing gratitude to the supporter of this project which is The Pollination Project (TPP), USA.