Turning COVID-19 into an opportunity: the story of Hampton School

How a Kenyan school increased the quality of learning, maximized efficiency and expanded its frontiers through Google for Education.

The challenge

In March 2020, due to COVID-19, the Government of Kenya ordered all schools to be shut down. This ground most learning activities to a halt. But for Hampton, the learning momentum gained thus far needed to be sustained. Hampton found their answer in Google for Education. Initially a temporary solution to sustain learning, it would soon grow to become the school’s main mode of education.

The solution

Right from Google Classroom, teachers can create classes and run the entire learning process. They can easily post announcements, assignments and grade tests. Even guardians can be co-opted in to
review their children’s progress. And with the ability to schedule classes on Calendar and work together on Docs, Sheets and Slides, students can have an involving, collaborative learning experience.

The results

Students have a closer learning experience, at the comfort of their homes, without spending time on the commute. While most schools were forced to retrench all teachers, teachers at Hampton have been able to continue their valuable craft. Finally, administrative costs have reduced by 40%. With less extra work, the administration has been able to focus more on maintaining the quality of learning.

"With the pandemic many of our school parents were faced with highly reduced incomes. Having transitioned to a fully online school, we are no longer faced with costs such as maintenance of facilities, bus transport and utilities. These formed 40% of the school fees. We have since passed this down onto the new fees, and are seeing more and more parents being able to afford this."
Tony Mwite
Chairman, Hampton Online School

About Hampton School

Hampton School is the first fully online school in the East Africa, based in Nanyuki, Kenya. The learning experience is two-fold: online and experiential learning. Online learning is done through Google for Education. For experiential learning, students go for regular excursions,
where they interact with and reinforce concepts they learn in class. 

Industry: Education
Primary project location: Kenya