Covid-19 has had a strong impact throughout the globe. Here is an update on the situation for Educate A Child and the students in the Philippines.
In February of 2020, large group gatherings were prohibited, including at school. Major events and festivities were cancelled. At the time, I was at the school, and could only meet with the EAC in small groups of 3-5 students at a time.
As things started to escalate, the island of Luzon (where EAC is located) went on a total lockdown (Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ) as of March 16, 2020. Schools were closed, classes and exams cancelled, and graduation ceremonies postponed indefinitely.
San Jose is now under a relaxed quarantine (General Community Quarantine or GCQ). Students from the 2019-2020 school year have been given a pass based on their grades up until school had been closed. It is unsure if they will be able to have a graduation ceremony or what that would look like in today’s practice of strict social distancing.
The new school year has just begun (it normally begins in June), but the classes are not being held. Currently, the parents of students come to school to pick up assignments from the teachers. However, as the situation changes in the Philippines, this could evolve to staggered in-class teaching. Everything, just as it is in most places around the world right now, is up in the air.
Currently I am unable to fly to the Philippines due to travel restrictions by the Philippine government.
I am in touch with the school, who are able to offer support (albeit limited) to the EAC students. Communication is slow, but all Covid-19 precautions are being taken. Our primary concern right now is the health and safety of the students, teachers and staff.
Because of this, and the difficulty of going out to meeting different families, I made the difficult decision to not expand our roster of students for the 2020-2021 school year. To date, EAC is supporting 41 students. Their tuition fees will be paid for by their angel sponsors. We will try and extra support (including food and other supplies) when possible and safe to do so.
Thank you for your support. We wish you safety and good health.