For the last six months, we have been busy constructing a school at Lemolo B community -Sinendet primary school. I am glad to say we are done with classroom construction. Kids are now learning in nice classrooms with proper desks to sit on. Offices and the administration block are the only remaining bits before we can actually finish with this project.
When you interact with the kids you can see the hope this new school has built in them. Their faces are determined to make the best of this new development. The teachers are teaching in nice cool classrooms which is a change from the sheds they have been using for the past one and half year. In fact, last week when we delivered desks, the students decided to wait after school to see their new desks since they have been using temporary make shift seats made up of tree stumps and benches.
The top grade (Grade/class 8) are now comfortable as they start to prepare for the end year national examinations that determines placement in high school. This will be the first year that the school participate in the national exams, therefore the teachers are determined to set pace for the rest of the grades to follow.
There a few more things we got to do before we can declare the school all set. They need textbooks and school supplies which are the other often forgotten component in making a school successful. Textbooks, supplies and teachers are the ‘soft’ component in a school as building and furniture is the ‘hard’ component. The government (since its a public school) has provided ten teachers who are very determined and able to teach and run the school, in addition there are few volunteer teachers still involved. As we move along, we hope to equip this school with what it needs to make it.