By Dennis Spencer - HANDS AROUND THE WORLD link volunteer
Izzy (one of our volunteers) has, with a lot of help and negotiating from the head mistress, got the local government on side and made much progress on the nursery. It has now got two dedicated classrooms and allows children from the age of 3 to 5 years to attend at no cost to the parents. In turn this is allowing the mothers to try and earn a little money where possible.
We were delighted to learn that one of the teachers at the school who attends college at the weekends (funded through one of our supporters), had been awarded student of the year in 2012 and was presented with a cow. This and the fact that the school obtained the highest overall exam results in the district, shows that real progress is being made!
There are now 2800 children at the School in 31 very hot and cramped classrooms, being taught by only 29 teachers in two sittings per day. Very difficult conditions.
Progress is made possible by people kind enough to give their time and donate a little money to help these under privileged children to try and get some form of education. If you have done so I thank you!
It is hoped that at least two more volunteers will be returning to the school next October/November to continue with work on the classrooms and toilets. Plans for refurbishing the oldest rooms are going ahead to lay floors and place new windows in the existing holes. More water tanks are still a great necessity to stop rainfall going to waste. And teaching English to teachers and students is still a great priority.
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