Hear Our Stories
In March 2020, all active Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated from their service sites around the world. Africa's Tomorrow leans on the active Peace Corps Volunteer community to recruit our scholars and support them through the first stages of preparing for and applying to colleges. The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption has left our pre-college scholars in a much more vulnerable place as they work toward college. The following are some communications from Africa's Tomorrow nominators, those active Peace Corps Volunteer who recruited a scholar into our 2019 cohort, sharing what it has been like to be supporting a pre-college scholar in her home community and to suddenly be doing so from a great distance.
April 2, 2020: This is certainly a difficult time for all of us. At this time Sierra Leone has declare a 12 mo. state of emergency but only has one confirmed case. We are all hoping for the best case scenario.
April 13, 2020: Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated from Zambia (and all countries) and it's been a whirlwind. My sister that I'm working with for Africa's Tomorrow is scheduled to take the TOEFL exam on May 2nd, if it's not cancelled before then. I will keep you posted on the progress and the results of that!
April 17, 2020: I returned with the evacuated group. All PCVs in the world were evacuated...so far the [TOEFL] test has not been cancelled or postponed, but we will see! The situation in Zambia doesn't seem to be as serious as elsewhere, but we're not yet sure. I will keep you in the loop! This will be her first exam, so we will see how her results are. I've been working with her for more than 2 years now so we're hoping for good results or at least a good first try!
Graster Simalumba is Africa's Tomorrow's newest active scholar. She holds a teaching degree from her home country of Zambia and dreams of opening a community school to help prevent child marriages and serve women who were unable to complete their education. Listen to her tell her story, below.
Aminatu Abdulai joined the Africa's Tomorrow community in 2015 and started her college career in the US at Montgomery College in Maryland in 2018. Aminatu is studying pre-medicine and is preparing to transfer to a 4-year college, soon. She shared her experience of having her coursework suddenly transferred online and how this compares to her friends at 4-year universities in her home country of Ghana.
What has it been like away from campus?
It has been really stressful, the online classes. The amount of assignments has increased! The ability for us to learn everything means the work has increased, and it's so hard, you spend the whole day, 24 hours, working on assignments.
They increase in work is because they took off the exams. So, as a student, you have to study for exams normally, and since there aren't exams any more, they want to see your critical thinking in the assignments, so they've added more.