In the village of Dialakoro Keleya, every family views education as a must. The Alliance school in this village has more students than any other: 340 this year (2010-2011), 164 of which are girls (48%). The villagers view the school as a way to progress both socially and economically. Every parent who has the money to send his or her children to school sends them with pride. There are some children who are old enough to be in school, but cannot afford it, and can be seen at the schoolhouse windows trying to catch some of the lesson.The school in Dialakoro Keleya has 5 classrooms, constructed by the Alliance: 2 from concrete and 3 from mud bricks. The mud brick classrooms are falling apart and urgently need to be replaced. Inside the packed classrooms, there are not enough desks: in the first and second grades, a table made for 2 students must accommodate 4; in the fifth and sixth grade classroom (combined), a table made for 4 students must accommodate 6.
With the help of the Alliance's economic development programs (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/loans-for-africa-development/), the village is on its way to becoming self-sustained. Of Dialakoro Keleya's 6 teachers' salaries, 2 are paid entirely by the villagers, and the other 4 are paid in part by the villagers and in part by the government.
Dialakoro Keleya is a village that values its school, and we must encourage its hopes of providing education to all its children. Currently there is need for bench desk, better classrooms, and textbooks. One dollar can make a big difference. There is a saying in Mali: "a hundred dollars is not too small; a thousand dollars is not too much."
With kind regards,
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