Star Kids admin, Vanessa, reached out in February 2022 to share a few ideas and the colorful poster generated by our inhouse graphics design team.
I took a step of faith and applied for a leave week that would coincide with the Mentorship event. I could use the rest while engaging in something I enjoyed ( hanging out with young people) . Mentally, I committed to general volunteering and support.
Schools are currently reopening, and a lot of parents are excited by the prospects of their children resuming learning. However, the virus is still very present in our communities and it is essential for us to institute some measures to help reduce the chances of our children getting infected. Transmission prevention measures are likely to be less effective when it comes to children, but we hope that these ideas will act as pointers to help you craft your own preventive measures in your home.
Talk to children about the virus in a language that they can understand. Depending on their age, this can be a high-level explanation of the disease or a more comprehensive one that includes the details. You can explain what the virus is, some symptoms ( be careful with this), and the virus’ impact on our daily lives. People are more likely to obey or follow preventive measures for something that they understand, and children are the same way. Do not just tell them to wear a mask without some sort of communication as to why.
Have an end-of-day reflection with the kids after school asking them how their day was and, in this conversation, you can inquire on matters such as if they were able to keep their masks on their whole day, if they washed their hands frequently or if there is anyone in their classroom who is showing symptoms.
3.Set an example
Walk your talk by washing your hands and wearing your masks. Children are more likely to do what they see than what we say.
4.Make it fun
Find ways of making the preventive measures fun to do for instance in finding/ creating a song about handwashing and getting family members to also learn it. This would make activities such as washing your hands or wearing a mask properly a fun activity for the kids and they are then more likely to do them.
Acknowledge , celebrate, and possibly reward the efforts that the kids make. For example, if they wear their masks for most of the day or if they wash their hands without having you tell them, acknowledge it.
We understand that releasing our children to go to school made up of different people in the middle of a pandemic can be a scary experience. However, we hope that these simple measures and tips will help you feel a bit less worried and also help our children protect themselves better.
How to Avoid the ‘Ukona Kiherehere Effect as Parents and as Educators
During our first article, we explored the “Ukona kiherehere” effect and how we might be unknowingly shutting down children who have great potential by pointing out their enthusiasm as a negative trait. On today’s post, we will be exploring how parents and educators can ensure that their children do not go through this phenomenon and how their enthusiasm and confidence can be honed as a tool to position them for success in the future.
Here are some tips that you can follow to ensure that you do not cause the “Ukona kiherehere effect on your child.”
As history goes, in 2020, Covid-19 disrupted the normal as we knew it.
From the World Health Organization declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in January 2020, to the abrupt shutdown of Kenya schools in March the same year. Indefinitely, at the time. Additionally, the average family unit faced more blows including job losses for a majority of breadwinners. Even I lost my new job in school transport after a month of work. I had just learnt all the children’s names and their birthdays.
My experience at Star Kids was nothing short of eye opening. Being surrounded by children in my family (three nieces and 2 nephews) I thought I knew what there was about kids. My first day as a Star Kids volunteer proved all that wrong. The semester was just starting and you could not only tell but feel the excitement of the kids being back. To interact with each other, learn and sort of get out of one environment; home and into another. It opened me up into seeing that children truly just want and need the little things in life to get them by. After my experience, I believe in my core that with these few elements once instilled, a child will grow to become a great human.
I didn’t know how to write this blog post . But, hey , we live and we learn , right ? So this is my story about my love for children , children’s ministry and everything about them .
I should probably introduce myself first . My name is Mwende Musau , I am a graduate Architect and I have a passion for children. But this wasn’t always the case . In fact , far from it . I thought kids were too much work. Too noisy , restless and the biggest one : kids will hurt your feelings. Big time ! Those little humans are so frank, they will end your career in minutes. This changed one day though…
The year is 2020. It starts off okay… pretty much and then comes a disease, a Virus. They call it COVID-19 and it shakes the planet as we know it. Shakes it to its very core. Many die, even more despair and all that is left for Kenyans and Africans at large is hope. C.S Kagwe announces the first cases of COVID-19 in Kenya on March 13th. Two days later the kids have to promptly close schools and stay home indefinitely (this is cushioned with a six month estimated time period). We are told that it is for their SAFETY. The country is in a frenzy. My country people are anxious, as am I, as are minors.
Just to give a brief introduction on how the Library came to be, I would have to mention the Star Kids Initiative, a community-based organization that works with children to introduce them to a growing relationship with Christ and to enable their access to quality education. The Star Kids Initiative partnered with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), to build a school library.
Few weeks ago, I was getting my Harvard Business Review article fix when I came across an article on women ranking higher than men in most leadership skills (Jack Zenger 2019). The article was based on research conducted across more than 7,000 men and women and aimed to explain why, despite this perception of women’s competent leadership, there were much fewer women in leadership roles than men.