‘Our New Year Resolution For 2020 Was Not To Be Locked Away…’
By Ajiboye Eniola Grace
SS 2B, GSS, Area 10, Garki
When Covid-19 came and schools were forced to close, and there was a total lockdown eventually, I felt perplexed, unable to comprehend what to expect. I realized that the plans already made for the year had to be put on hold.
When people were making plans, in the year before (2019), on how to spend the year 2020, nobody expected that they would be locked away from the outside world for more than half of the year.
Final-year students who were expecting a big send-forth were all puzzled and left disappointed with the outbreak of Covid-19. Nobody planned for it.
I felt the need to keep myself busy and useful; I therefore started something I had always had interest in. I was more inspired after reading the book Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I liked the way the main character was able to express her views, through a blog, on issues about the country in which she was. Thousands of people got to read her while some went further to comment. I took out my writing pad, scanned through it, edited it and, with the help of my brothers, I opened my own blog page through which I have been able to interact with people far beyond my neighborhood.
When the lockdown was eased a little, my brothers and I together with one of our friends went out for jogging daily. Noticing the need to walk and our body aching for movement beyond the usual house routine, we buckled up with our face masks intact, and we were out jogging a distance of 5km in 40 minutes before heading back home exhausted and out of breath.
Luckily for us, our school kept us occupied by teaching us what we could have learnt if we were physically present in school. Classes started by 9am and ended 3pm; there was a 30-minute break interval. Subjects like Mathematics, English, Civic Education, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Literature in English, Government, History, Economics, and Electrical Installation were all on the timetable.
It was fun and interactive, better than staying without doing anything.
‘I Learnt Things I Couldn’t Have Learnt In School’
By Eriken Esther Chinaza
SS 2D, GSS, Area 10, Garki
Covid-19 struck the world unexpectedly. It was such that many citizens up until now are flabbergasted and find it difficult to believe that Covid-19 exists.
The outbreak resulted in a total lockdown of the country which affected schools, places of worship, supermarkets, playgrounds, etc. It also affected many businesses.
Because of the lockdown, many people did not have access to food. There was a high rate of crimes such as kidnapping and rape.
The government introduced online learning for students, but, due to insufficient facilities, not everyone was able to participate. Even for those with access to handsets, network was a problem: not everyone had the money to subscribe for data.
But in all this, some of us, especially those of us whose parents work 24 hours daily, benefitted from the lockdown. We got more time to spend with one another as family and enjoyed many other advantages.
My Covid-19 experience was wonderful because I learnt a lot of things that I would possibly not have learned in school.
‘I Couldn’t Find My Friends To Tell Them Good News’
By Ogadi Chisom
SS 3C, GSS Area 10, Garki
Covid-19 was a bitter-sweet experience; I say so because it showed me the good and the hard sides of life.
It all started on March 20, 2020. We all came to school that day. I went down the stairs and saw little groups of friends downstairs in active conversations. The subject was all about coronavirus. Immediately, I decided to look for my friends so we could have our conversation on the coronavirus.
I saw Precious, Rahab, Confidence and Francisca. We exchanged pleasantries and started chatting about coronavirus in our world, especially Nigeria our country. It was then I heard something regarding a proposed lockdown. To be sincere, I don’t like listening to the news. I was so shocked and disturbed about that piece of news. Lockdown! I thought, what happens to our education? While still lost in thought, I remembered the saying “health before wealth”.
The school bell rang and we were all told to gather for an emergency assembly. It was then my fear grew worse.
I was about heading to the assembly ground when a fellow student came into my class and asked for Ogadi Chisom. I told her I was the one. She then said Mrs. Ogueri, the physics teacher, wanted to see me. I said okay to her, and when she left, I was like… Mrs. Ogueri wants to see me for what? I’m not a science student, or was I mistaken for my sister who is a science student?
At that point, Rahab, one of my friends, walked up to me and told me to answer the teacher’s call to find out why she wanted to see me. I ran down to the Physics laboratory. Immediately I entered, I saw her and quickly identified myself. Then she said, “So you are Ogadi Chisom?” I responded. She said “Follow me”, and I followed her to the lobby. There I met Obiechina, Christabel, Edet Edidong and Ogunnusi Taiwo, and a teacher named Mr. Greg. The vice principal, administration, came to meet us at the lobby. I was still wondering why I was called and what the gathering of everyone was all about.
Then she asked me, “Which essay writing did you participate in?” I remembered that I wrote two essays that term: one organized by the Nigeria Postal Service and the other by the Nigeria Institute of Water Engineers in commemoration of the World Water Engineers Day by the United Nations. She then said congrats. She said that Mr. Greg would take us to the venue for the prize/award giving: Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3.
When we got there, we entered the place of the celebration, the school hall. The banner at the high table read, “United Nations World Water Day commemorated by the Nigeria Institute of Water Engineers and the tittle of the essay was ‘Climate change: the sustainability of water resource and the way forward’”.
I took the third position in the essay competition. I was the only girl and a humanities student; others who won the prizes were boys and science students from different schools. I was congratulated and given an award. My joy knew no bounds! I even forgot about Covid-19 and the proposed lockdown. With a heart full of joy, I got back to school only to see students going home.
I looked for my friends to tell them about the good news but I couldn’t find any of them. The lockdown had started.
‘At Some Point, I Got Tired Of Even Family’
By Purity Nnodim SASCON International School, Maitama
I always smile when I remember the day I was sent home from school because my elder brother had caught chicken pox. My teacher presumed that I might have contracted the infection from him, so staying in school with other pupils would be an outrage.
Frankly, I was hurt because, on the days that I was not in school, my bestie had celebrated her birthday. I stayed at home for about two weeks, hating every single bit of it. Little did I know that, in a few years, I would be sent home for six months, all in the name of a tiny but mighty virus called corona!
March 23 was the day things became different. The federal government had declared that all schools should be shut down in order to control the spread of the virus. My principal announced in a not-jovial tone that our parents would be picking us up the following day. I was very excited and so was everybody else. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t want some time out of boarding school? I was foolish enough to think that I won’t be writing my Junior WAEC exam. Honestly, I saw the virus lockdown as a blessing rather than a curse, but, as time moved on, life changed and so did I.
After about three months at home, I was one thing: tired. I was tired of being locked up in my house, tired of wearing a mask, tired of being forced to disinfect the house by my mom. It became an endless cycle. Online school did not help the matter; at first it was fun, but quickly it became tiresome work. My teachers would send 10 assignments at a go, as though I was a robot who could finish them at the ridiculous deadline set for submission.
I missed talking and laughing with my friends face-to-face. Our chats had no life attached to them.
At some point, I even got tired of family. Since we were all at home and saw each other’s faces every day, it didn’t surprise me that we would soon get bored of ourselves and turn that boredom into anger and arguments. My brother and I would quarrel about anything and everything. Who would believe that we would argue about who should hold the television’s remote control?
The only thing that kept me sane was social media. I would use TikTok and Instagram for hours and not get bored. But the walls of my strength broke apart when my mom caught the Covid. She was isolated in our house, and my brother and I had to move to my uncle’s for our safety.
Fear and worry wrestled within me. I would call my mom every day just to know if she was fine. Luckily, her symptoms weren’t as intense, so in about three weeks she had tested negative. Everything turned back to normal but my phobia for the corona virus was abnormal. I would sanitize and wear a mask even in my house. Ha! My mom thought I was crazy.
When my school informed us that the SS3 and JSS3 students were coming back to write our external exams, I was excited and relieved. Finally, life would go back to normal, the horrid online school would end and I would be back to see my friends.
‘For A Headache, The Nurse Called Your Parents’
By Asaolu Christabel
SASCON International School, Maitama
I went from being a lover of photography to a lover of writing, that is, after the lockdown. If you’re unaware of the Covid-19 pandemic, then I don’t know where you have been for the past two years. Basically, Covid-19 is the combination of different viruses, and the global pandemic all started in Wuhan, China.
Personally, I was not upbeat about the lockdown as other people were. It was during the time of the lockdown that I actually realized most of the things I had a passion for such as writing and drawing. I also discovered that I enjoyed reading more than anything else. I actually loved reading even before the arrival of the pandemic, but then I never knew I had a deep passion for it.
I love to read books, but then when my school or even my parents say I should read a book, that is when I suddenly lose the urge to read that particular book.
School life was hard enough already and, due to the Covid-19 precautions, it just became about 10 times harder. Wearing a mask you can hardly breathe in, washing your hands after every class, not being able to hug your friends — it’s horrible.
The worst part of it all is that if you went to the school nurse for a headache or even a little splinter, they called your parents telling them that you’re not feeling well and you needed to be picked up immediately. It sounded really nice for a normal teenager, but it definitely was not convenient for parents. Moreover, missing tests, class discussions, explanations, class work, etc. could be a drawback on your academic skills as a student.
I would say the government took care of the country very well during this period: they were providing basic amenities while contacting different countries in order to work together to find a cure or vaccine, which resulted in the discovery of a vaccine.
Becoming a lover of writing was, for me, one of the advantages of the pandemic. It also allowed us to realize the importance of hygiene. But there were also multiple disadvantages: eight months at home. C’mon, that’s messed up!
To conclude, corona for sure had ups and downs. But we made it! We’re fighting and we are definitely going to win; and when we do, it will all be like a nightmare.
‘I Felt So Trapped’
By Lawrence, Amakie Beatrice
SS 1B, GSS, Wuse Zone 3
Before the lockdown, I went to school in the morning and came back in the evening, exhausted. And because of that, I did not have to do chores. But because there was no schooling during the lockdown, I had to carry out tonnes of chores. As the last child of the family, I was assigned a lot of responsibilities.
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the interconnectedness of our world. This pandemic has affected us so much in different aspects, socially and emotionally.
I had so many experiences during the lockdown. For the first time in my 13 years of existence, I saw the whole world go on holiday at the same time. Among places affected were worship centres, schools and markets; buying essential things became a problem.
Initially, I did not understand the extent of the problem. I didn’t think something so “little” would put the whole world at a standstill and equate everyone. I was baffled and scared because I had no idea if I would be able to write my Junior WSCC-BECE.
During this lockdown, I felt there was no big deal staying at home, but after a while the reality of the situation started to sink in. The joy of staying at home slowly started to fade. I was getting tired of staying indoors and unable to move out. I felt so trapped. I got tired of doing so many things like watching television, reading, sleeping, eating, and even chatting. At that point, boredom found its way into my life.
However, I found ways to deal with the pressure. I thought of doing the things I loved, learning new things online, and practising them. I realized the lockdown gave me more time to do the things I loved: hobbies that had been previously swamped by schoolwork. The lockdown was not the problem; how to use my free time wisely became the problem. I mean, one can’t live by novels and movies alone. I thank God for the financial stability of my parents at that crucial time because we were able to help the people around us with food items and things they needed. I joined the charity work and enjoyed giving to the people, which made me delighted at the time. It was also this period that we had high cases of rape in Nigeria, thereby making my parents overprotective of me.
Furthermore, the lockdown also helped me to build my bond with family members like never before. I had more family time than ever. We watched movies, played games, did Bible quizzes, baked cakes, and bread, had more time for family devotion, and we even sat together to gist and pray for the betterment of the world at large. What wonderful memories! I used my time to be creative, and this made me happy with myself.
I also made sure I used the opportunity to spend more time with my family because opportunities like this hardly come again. “No time to waste time,” as my mom would say; even though school was closed down, that will not close the doors of my achievement in life. Although the world was abnormal, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, I refused to let my dreams fade into sawdust. I had enough time to read and prepare for my Junior WAEC examinations, having my elder sister around to teach me stuff I didn’t understand and to improve my knowledge in all my subjects. I successfully passed with 7 A’s and 3 C’s. Wow!
I also learned that technology is a crucial and useful part of our lives. My family and I were able to attend church services online, which kept our spiritual lives sound and intact. I have learned the importance of being independent and enterprising, especially as a lady. Learning as many side skills as possible is just as important as getting a formal education.
I hope my essay inspires anyone that reads it to be better prepared to face the challenges life may throw their way with faith, hope and optimism.
‘I Thought The World Was Coming To An End’
By Bogunjoko Eniola Esther
SS 1E, GSS, Wuse Zone 3
Well, my experience was a very great one. The whole world was terrified. Students were asked to go home on March 20, 2020, because of the virus outbreak. At first, I thought it was a joke. I left school that day with the impression that I’d be coming back on Monday; unfortunately, they declared a lockdown which lasted six months. My education stopped for six months! I thought everything was over and the world was coming to an end. Everything was on standstill; it was so terrifying.
During the period of the lockdown, a lot of things happened to me. At first it was fun: my siblings and I would go jogging every morning. Before the lockdown, I had a passion for singing, but I didn’t have someone to train me. Because of the lockdown I got someone who taught me at home to play the piano. Now, I can sing and play the piano, though not perfectly well. At times, things happen for good. The lockdown was a blessing to me; now I can sing and play the piano.
When the lockdown was eased, everything became boring and worrisome. Wearing of face mask became a normal routine, washing of hands and applying sanitizer also became a ritual. At this period, everything seemed not to be going well anymore. The death rate was so high. People began to complain of food scarcity.
Problems began to arise. A notable problem was the breaking of warehouses to recover Covid-19 palliatives during the #EndSARS protests in October. This really happened during the Covid-19 lockdown; it’s a story to be told to the coming generation.
In conclusion, my experience was wide: I saw things from different angles that made me understand the reality of life. The pandemic taught me the value of time and the importance of saving. The pandemic was really a mystery.
‘Sometimes, I Wish I Could Have Two More Weeks Of Lockdown’
By Ukpong Jah’s Will
SS 1C, GSS, Wuse Zone 3
The pandemic known as Covid-19 caused a global lockdown on February 27, 2020. During this lockdown, I had lots of experiences some of which made me question the governments of the world.
Now, at first, I thought to myself, “I would have ample time to rest and have fun”, and for a time, it was going as expected. I slept many hours a day; I had no school work, no lesson; then later in the night because of the energy I acquired from sleeping during the day, I would stay up late with my brothers watching television, YouTubing and TikToking. We would even play board games at times. I really enjoyed the first phase of the lockdown.
The lockdown was prolonged after that, repeatedly; this time, things changed a little bit. There is a saying, “Too much of everything is bad”. We had more than enough play and rest time and we were getting tired, but I was still enjoying it, at least to an extent, because my dad kept subscribing for data on the Mifi in order for us to attend worship which was on Zoom App due to shutting down of places of worship, and we used this opportunity to use data. We came to realize the meaning of the statement “Data is life”. My mum also bought things in bulk and stocked the house, so we were feeding well; in fact, overfeeding at times. Because we were always up at night, we would have midnight snacks; this happened every day.
The months passed and we were still under the lockdown. At this point, I was fed up totally. It was as if we were living the TV show “Phineas and Ferb” – the characters had a long summer vacation. But in my case it was longer and unlike a normal vacation where you would be free to travel. All members of my family were at home because of government restrictions, and we were tired of being in the same location for months, as if we were in prison. It was really annoying.
The lockdown fell during my preparations for Junior WAEC, so I was also able to use this long break to read well. But because I procrastinated at first, I started reading in the middle of the lockdown, and this wasn’t easy because various rumours were flying around about the resumption of school. So, fear and anxiety gripped me. But fear also made me study hard and prepare for the examination.
During the last stage, people had already got tired of staying at home, to the extent that you would walk out of your house in the evening and see a lot of people strolling, playing ball and the rest. Rumours began spreading again about the resumption of schools, i.e., by the graduating classes. My reading habit, which went on a short break due to tiredness, kicked up once again.
Time passed and we eventually resumed. I was so happy because I met my classmates again. I was also thankful that I had ample time to prepare for my examinations.
These days, when I pass certain places, I flash back to the Covid lockdown and, at times, wish I could just have two more weeks of that lockdown. But it won’t happen.
‘I Started Writing Novels’
By Onovo Chidimma Thehilah
SS 1G, GSS, Wuse Zone 3
To me it was a prolonged holiday. At first, some of my friends at school thought it was splendid — they were indeed delighted. Some said they liked it and wished the corona virus would continue in order to prevent schools from reopening.
However, for me it was totally different. I thought it was an opportunity for me to do new things. Actually, all I did for the first few weeks was to eat and sleep, to the extent that I added weight. After a while, I realized that this whole lockdown was actually supposed to benefit me.
So, later, I started writing novels. I have always liked writing interesting stories, so I wrote a lot of them. I kept on writing and, whenever I ran out of ideas on what to write, I stopped; and when I was inspired, I continued.
I also loved cooking, so I decided to write a recipe book. It contained imaginary types of food that I would love to produce in the future.
I also resorted to making all sorts of games and crazy inventions I nurtured in my mind. I did all this and time passed by slowly.
Later on, I decided that as a serious student I was meant to study for my WAEC exams, which could not take place because of the lockdown. I started reading — I studied all day, and was able to finish up my notes and also my compendium within a short while.
My parents didn’t go to work because of the lockdown, so we all (including my siblings) stayed at home.
I engaged myself with online lessons from my school to help me prepare more. Things were tough for some people, but we had enough to eat and drink.
How could I forget? There were times I was so bored; my sisters would ask me, ‘Are you not feeling bored?” I cured my boredom with reading and writing, watching TV and sleeping.
One day, I thought that this was an opportunity for me to make myself more useful to myself, my neighbours and my parents. So I engaged in house chores. I worked very hard for my parents. Not only that, I also started engaging in a form of semi-community service — I mean cleaning the compound and taking out the trash anytime it was full or reaching its peak.
I did a lot of things during the lockdown holiday, but, most importantly, I abided by the Covid-19 prevention rules given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. I washed my hands regularly and abstained from touching my face.
Well, it was fun telling you how I spent the Covid-19 lockdown. Stay safe and do remain ever blessed. Thank you.
‘Lockdown Affected My Family Financially’
By Adebisi Mubeenah Adeola
SS 1B, GSS, LUGBE
Nigeria recorded its first case of Covid-19 on February 27, 2020, in Lagos. It involved an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria. He returned from Milan, Italy, to Lagos State. He was confirmed positive by the virology laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, though the patient was clinically stable and had no serious symptoms. From that date, Nigeria issued a red alert and a lockdown followed.
The outbreak was such a big tragedy to Nigeria at large. A lot of restrictions were announced. Measures such as regular hand washing, social distancing and discouraging crowds were put in place.
I had to stay home all day. I utilized my time by reading, writing and performing some of the house chores. I registered for the Junior Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), and the lockdown gave me an opportunity to read and study more.
The lockdown affected my family financially, however. My father is a transport operator. Inter-state travel was stopped, and he could not work again. My mother who is a trader could no longer go out to sell her goods. But, fortunately for us, help came from family members.
Palliatives were also distributed across the country because a very huge population was so frustrated when the lockdown was announced, since there were few sources of livelihood.
There was a particular time when the lockdown was eased and things got worse. The virus began to spread like wild fire.
The lockdown ruined the academic calendar: students now have to combine both first term and second term in a single term (13 weeks instead of 26 weeks).
Scientists tried their possible best to produce vaccines, and they have produced them.
Covid-19 is real; it is not a pseudo-occurrence. Nigerians should observe all preventive measures including avoidance of large gatherings to escape the infection.
‘Our Meals Went From 111 To 101’
By Vivian Ojo-Ache
SS 1G, GSS, Lugbe
My father always tells me about the plagues that fell upon the earth many years ago and how they were overcame. Little did I know that another plague would hit my generation. Corona virus is a plague.
The outbreak began in Wuhan, a city in Hubei province of China. Reports of the first Covid-19 cases started in December 2019. However, it remains unclear exactly how the virus first spread to humans. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020, and a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
My parents just came back to Abuja from their journey to Lagos on January 12, 2020, and told us about the news which was already going viral: the Covid outbreak, though no case had been recorded in Nigeria as at that time. Most of us felt that since it was in China, there was no need to panic.
Until February 27, 2020, when an Italian citizen in Lagos tested positive for the virus. I was sad the virus had made its way to Nigeria, but there was nothing I could do. And on April 1, 2020, President Buhari ordered a lockdown in Lagos and Abuja. As time went on, churches were ordered to close; mosques were closed, contracts canceled, exams canceled, schools closed etc. Everybody had to face the lockdown.
I was not afraid because I did not even know what was coming, until my dad received an email from his office indicating that he had been sacked. The pandemic had taken his job. My mum also lost her contract jobs that same period.
I was surprised but still not afraid. All I knew was that, after the two-week lockdown, the virus would go away and my parents would get their jobs back.
But I was wrong. I never knew more and more weeks of lockdown were waiting for us. After the president extended the lockdown for two more weeks, making it four weeks, we started running short of food. My mum always bought foodstuff for the house from Dad’s salary, but now that the job was gone, how would we cope with hunger? My dad managed to squeeze money out for mom to buy cheap foodstuff like garri that was like a daily manna, now that we had to manage.
Even though I was not happy eating carbohydrate almost every day, I knew many people out there were looking for food to eat, and it was a privilege we had something on our table. I and my siblings had to cope with our parents. We understood their financial situation. In order for us to not get bored of eating the same food all the time, Mum made the garri in many ways: sometimes we soaked it with sugar and groundnuts, at other times she made eba, etc.
I was never expecting “phase 3” of the lockdown, but it came. It was announced on June 30, 2020, following the approval of the 5th Interim Report of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 by the president. This phase was expected to last four weeks from Tuesday, June 30, to July 27, 2020. Four more weeks with no schooling, no friends, more carbohydrate.
Luckily for me I had siblings. We played with our parents: we played football, table tennis, and Ludo in the compound. Clara, John and David – my siblings – and I also studied with our parents. It was fun because our parents had plenty of time for us.
They tried their best to put food on the table, even though our meals were no longer “111” (three square meals) but “101” (two meals). We still pulled through in health until the lockdown was gradually lifted.
We started using face masks, sanitizer and other safety measures to control the spread of the virus. It was not easy using something we were not used to.
Soon, the school resumption for only students writing exam was announced. I was writing my Junior WAEC exam; it wasn’t hard for me because I had studied well during the lockdown. But when I got admission to SS 1 in G.S.S., Lugbe, it was already second term; our teachers had to work harder to make sure we finished the first and second term work in one term.
It was stressful but for our own good. Soon, churches reopened before schools; people were released from “detention” at home, but safety measures must be applied.
My dad was able to get another job and we started to change diet little by little, though still not “three square meals”. We went on with our daily activities, expecting the lockdown and the plague to end. This is a lifetime experience that my generation would never forget.
‘Young Girls Of My Age Were Getting Pregnant’
By Idris Zuwaira
Anointed Secondary School, Mpape
I was preparing for my second-term examination of the 2019/2020 academic session when we were told to go back home from school because of the corona virus. At first, I was happy because I thought it would be like other holidays during which I would go visiting my aunts, uncles and places I had not been to before. But the case was different this time — the lockdown was imposed on everyone.
When the nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, I knew it was bad news. Everything and everyone was stopped except workers on essential duties.
Days, weeks and months passed and there was no change. The number of people dying from this new virus continued to grow. In Nigeria, schools, markets, places of worship and all general-gathering events were closed. Every day, I prayed that one day the sun would rise and schools would be reopened, and this was because the situation was getting from worse to worst each passing day. Young girls my age were getting pregnant and others married off by their parents because of poverty.
Many parents were not working. Some lost their jobs and, for others, their businesses collapsed because of Covid-19. As a result, many parents are still failing to provide for their families. Many parents who were involved in border trade have been seated at home and not engaged in any other income-earning activity.
In my own case, life became hard. Some days, we went without food. My parents were worried and fearful of contracting Covid-19 or getting arrested for violating the health guidelines. We were left to fate. I cried endlessly, remembering how much our parents used to take care of us when there was money and freedom to move around.
With time, I forgot about reading my books. As the only girl, I was not happy because there were no female friends to play with, and there were lots of house chores. I would sit at home and think of how we could get through this bad situation. I started wondering why this pandemic was happening. Education was supposed to be the only hope for the future, but now all schools were closed.
Amidst all the sorrows, I never gave up my faith in God. I continued praying to God for intervention in our lives. I prayed to God to protect our country Nigeria and also my family.
One evening, I was seated at home when my principal, Mr. Ben, called my parents and told them about home-based learning. For me, that was the best friend at the moment. God was starting to answer my prayers. With almost all my hopes gone, this seemed like a dream. But it was a reality — a dream come true. I was very happy when we started studying at home through Zoom video channel created by our principal. At a point I felt like my heart was coming out of my chest. Finally, the dark clouds were gone and my sky became clear.
Although everyone was scared of the monster, Covid-19, my principal, Mr. Ben, was supporting the most vulnerable children like me in the dangerous times. He was helping children in my community to continue learning from home while observing social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands with soap.
Personally, the reading club set up by my principal has helped me to improve on my reading, writing and counting. It has helped children, parents, and the entire community to know that learning can continue even when physical schools are closed.