BENEFITING: Street Child Us
Folsom Middle School, together with the surrounding Folsom community, is hoping to support the construction of a brand new, three-classroom permanent structure in a village called Kulafa, in northern Sierra Leone
The school will educate 250-300 children a year, year-round.
Elementary-age children in Kulafa are currently being taught under trees in the compound of a mosque. They were evicted from their previous temporary location of a community member’s house when schools reopened – they had been closed for nine months from July 2014 to April 2015, due to the Ebola crisis.
The Principal has shown considerable dedication to elementary education in her community, and now has more than 200 children enrolled in this unofficial elementary school. However, the mosque is demanding that the school leaves the compound, threatening the school with closure. The community is keen to support a new school, and dedicated but unpaid and untrained teachers are currently attempting to provide children with a basic primary education.
What is wrong with learning outside?
- School can only operate during the dry season (November-April).
- The most important exam preparation classes and exams themselves take place between April and July – when there is no school.
- When children have to walk to neighboring villages to go to school, rates of sexual violence against girls and young women rises.
The school will cost $24,500 in total to build, including training teachers, kitting out classrooms, and providing an income generation scheme for the school itself. Folsom Middle School is committed to raising $9,000 of that, to support the actual construction of the school, and kit out three classrooms.