Several weeks ago, while tutoring her kids at home, Brenda Brewer Moore encountered a raging thought: How are other parents keeping their kids busy and engaged during the compulsory closure of schools, as a result of the Ebola Crisis?
Following that thought, she visited many kids in her community and observed that many were simply sitting around idle, playing or loitering with the clear sign that they had nothing better to do.
“Then the thought hit me,” says Brenda. “Why not print a few worksheets that you could share with them to keep them busy?”
Thereafter, the idea for Project Kids Engagement (PKE) was born.
According to her, the idea is to provide weekly school exercises to the kids in her community and create awareness for parents to make time daily to tutor their kids. She is encouraging parents to not allow the indefinite closure of schools due to the Ebola outbreak to keep their kids behind in their quest to learn.
“The target was 150 kids initially,” she recalls, “but after I did the first distribution on September 14, I quickly realized there are a lot more kids in my immediate neighborhood than I estimated. So I took the number to 200. They were really happy and excited and their parents were receptive to the initiative and promised to work with their kids to do the exercises.”
For now, PKE targets kids from nursery through 3rd grade. That is not to necessarily exclude pupils above that level, Brenda says, but it’s a matter of support to provide enough learning materials.
An initial start-up kit for a child in K1 or K2 includes a box of crayon, 2 pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and one exercise book. Other needs include, one Disney character coloring book, a SO-GO-LO book, an ABC tracing book as well as one ABC coloring book and an assorted math worksheet (counting, number sequence,) etc.
Meanwhile, she continues to encourage parents to make time during the day to teach their kids and check up on their progress and efforts.
Since the Government of Liberia announced the closure of schools due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, she has been teaching her own kids at home, using her own resources to purchase some of the basics for teaching. However, realizing that others in her community might not have the resources or ideas to keep their kids academically engaged during this national health crisis, she has seized the opportunity to reach out.
A resident of the Baptist Seminary/Gbengbar Town area, Brenda hopes that the idea will be replicated in other communities to help keep the kids to become busy while schools are closed due to the Ebola outbreak. She believes others could complement her efforts by introducing a similar idea of tutoring the kids or keeping them busy by engaging them during the compulsory school closure.
Brenda has a burning passion for positive change for all levels of the society. She is a mother of two kids and loves gardening, baking, writing and reading when she can find the time. It is based on her passion she embarked on this project. Her idea is based on the philosophy of André Gide, which says, “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” Gide was a a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947.
As is often the case with such community-inspired projects, Project Kids Engagement also needs support if it should expand, and be replicated in other communities across the country. As such, Brenda Moore is soliciting assistance either in cash or kind, which could help her promote the idea/project using various means of contribution.
Brenda Moore can be reached on 0886510731 or via email: [email protected].