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WEBINAR – Social Emotional Effects of School Closures: Supporting your Child’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Join us on 15th October at 11am

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of children, parents and teachers around the world. In Kenya, schools were closed in March 2020 and the traditional way of teaching and learning was transformed overnight into a new model of remote instruction and online learning.

In this webinar we will discuss the major ways in which school closures have affected children’s social emotional wellbeing and quality of learning. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities  presented by these changes and different ways we can navigate the new normal as we prepare for the reopening of schools. Join us for this webinar, presented by Durham Kenya and the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya, to learn more about the impact of school closures, discover strategies to support children, and hear from our panel in a Q&A segment.

The Panel

Dr Rashnik Ghalay is a Consultant Paediatrician in Nairobi who has been practising for 18 years. Rashnik was born in Kenya and undertook her secondary education and medical training in the UK after being awarded a scholarship to study there. She graduated from the University of Manchester, where she received honours and several prizes including the prize for Excellence in Paediatrics.  Rashnik went on to complete her paediatric training in London covering a wide variety of subspecialities before returning to her home country in 2012. Rashnik is passionate about medical education and the provision of good quality medical care in low-income settings. She is a mother of two young boys.

Alexandra Barratt is a Systemic Family Practitioner and Occupational Therapist who has lived in Kenya for four years. Alex trained in London at the Tavistock clinic and has over 20 years experience working with children and families in child mental health settings, primarily in Oxford, UK, as well as in a number of statutory (NHS, Camhs) and non-statutory roles.  Alex has also worked for many years in schools in the UK as a counsellor with children and their families. Most recently, Alex has been working with an NGO in Kenya, helping support and develop their family and community programme. She is the mother of two children.


Sue Small is the Headteacher at the new Durham International Nursery & Pre-Prep School, which is opening in Thigiri in Nairobi in January 2021.  Sue has lived and worked in schools in Nairobi for eight years. She has a Masters degree in Inclusive Education and has over 25 years of international education and leadership experience, gained in some of the best international schools in the UK, the Middle East and Africa. Sue has two children who have graduated from university and work in the UK.

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