Adiba'ekel means “Soft soil”. This village has only a poor access road and no electricity, water or communications. It had suffered years of drought and poor harvests when we first visited. Previously only three grades could study here so to continue any education children had to trek for well over an hour one-way to nearby Mynebri. Families were reluctant to let their children go so far due to wild and baboons and their unavailability to help on the farms. Young children, often underfed, find such long daily treks exhausting and are unable to study well. The drop out rate was high and unacceptable.
This project started in December 2009 and was opened on 26 September 2010 by Mr Steven Georgala of Aall Foundation, the main funder. It is now a proper school closer to a village community that really needed it to give their children a better chance for a brighter future with more options.
£ 100,000 brought this modern, bright and cool school with a one-shift 400 student eight grade capacity school for Adiba'ekel. This comprises two four classroom blocks, a dry latrine block and administration block including stores, offices and a library. On completion it was all basically furnished.
The school opening ceremony brought an immediate and palatable uplifting of community spirit and their justifiable pride. Their school has brought them closer access and better long-term educational facilities to (in one shift) over 400 of the most vulnerable rural youngsters, many of whom without this school, probably would not have this opportunity to attend any education at all.
Education is a long-term investment. The impact on education and future poverty reduction whether locally, regionally or nationally can only be judged after years if not decades of implementation. Its measure of success is dependent on so many other factors beyond our control such as climate, harvests, stability; that it makes us consider that in all honesty it would be disingenious of us to make any grand claims.
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