Efulansi 's passion to see learning continue amidst school closure, could not let her settle until she would do something about it.
"Seeing children at home doing nothing while parents were busy attending to daily responsibilities, made me question what creative way I could come up with to ensure they keep engaged and not lose out on what they had learned," Efulansi stated.
Little children need continuous brain-stimulating activities, to facilitate their brain development and have a good start in life.
She and her other colleague decided to attain permission from local authorities to allow her to start and run three community centers which include: Efulansi zone, Katanga zone, Buzaya Zone, and Nakasenyi zone. They each manage two centers while observing the precautionary measures of COVID-19.
Challenges amidst COVID- 19
"The increasing number of learners from other schools besides Namumere ECCE center who we cannot support due to COVID-19 strict government measures and limited spaces for learning, leave us no choice but to turn some away." She sadly stated.
Efulansi and her colleagues offer free teaching services at the different centers which makes it very difficult to make a variety of learning materials like play materials due to lack of resources to purchase materials.
"The teacher is so good and I love the way she teaches the children with love and a lot of patience. We are glad to have her teach our children."
Babirye Mariam, a parent at the center
Motivation to teach
Although the season is difficult, Efulansi believes that teaching is just not a profession but a calling in her life. "When something is your calling, you will do it even when not paid. I feel a great responsibility towards these children to see that the learners are assisted in their learning with love and care" she enthusiastically stated. The children also love her, and parents appreciate her dedication towards supporting their children’s learning.
One of the great lessons Efulansi has learnt during this period is that it’s important for her to engage in some income-generating activities beside her profession. "I currently grow some food for home consumption and the rest for selling." She said.
She is currently renovating her rentals and creating more room so that she can rent out and have more income to run the home amidst situations like these. "It has been challenging for most of my colleagues to transition amidst this season, as teaching was all they could do." She said with a sigh in her voice.