The Teshaq school in a village outside of Timbuktu, Mali was closed in 2012 as residents fled their homes due to conflict in Northern Mali. Teshaq villagers have since returned to their village to find the school partially destroyed. Caravan to Class (CTC) would like to rehabilitate the Teshaq school to allow 80 deserving children to resume their quest for literacy. CTC continues the legacy of the amazing work done by Irma Turtle and Turtlewill.org.
The children of the formerly nomadic Tuareg ethnic group and many other people of Northern Mali have never known formal schooling due to significant underinvestment in education. While Mali is already one of the world's most illiterate countries, with the literacy rate around 25%, villages surrounding Timbuktu have much lower literacy rates, close to zero. Caravan to Class' mission is to remedy this injustice and bring the dream of education, and the hope for a better life that education creates
Caravan to Class strives to bring as many children possible to its schools by operating by the following three pillars: 1) Build a safe and welcoming school building, 2) Hire accredited teachers, 3) Provide basic nutrition, school supplies and books. Building a welcoming school environment creates a haven in the community in which the school itself inspires a deepening of the community's commitment to education and the school becomes part of a collective identity in which children thrive.
The project will put the more than 80 children of the village of Tesheq on the path to achieving literacy. These deserving children will be educated in French, Mali's national language, and have the possibility of continuing their education past the 6th grade by passing the national entrance exam for school at the next level. The school itself is an important source of hope for the village and provides the opportunity for youth to pursue career opportunities outside of subsistence living.