We all have aspirations; we all have dreams about the future. A future for ourselves, our children, our communities, a future that holds the promise of improved quality of life. Dreams and aspirations are the bedrock of every human endeavor and are anchored in our beliefs, traditions, policies and legislations. However, the “new normal” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and abruptly redefined the future of education for millions of girls in Africa.
In order to understand the impact of COVID-19 on girls from their own experiences, Plan International and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) undertook a continental study and published a report titled: Under Siege: the impact of COVID-19 on girls in Africa.
The report helps us understand how COVID-19 impacts girls. The girls we spoke with told us how COVID-19 has shattered their dreams and curbed their aspirations.
The report presents a stark reality: The future of millions of girls will never be the same because of the disruption to education systems caused by COVID-19. The lived realities of girls in the face of COVID-19 and its impact on education are aptly captured by some of the girls. COVID-19 has shrunk the space for education.