Build a middle school in a village in Sierra Leone
Organized by: Grace Pai
This is a project of my friend Khalil K. Konteh who is a retiring PE teacher in Magburaka, Sierra Leone (he has asked me to help him organize this since he cannot do so from Sierra Leone). Khalil, who graciously hosted my husband and me when I was conducting my PhD research on out of school children in Sierra Leone, is building a middle school in his home village of Yile for kids who don't attend school because the closest existing middle school is too far (and also across a river that has no bridge). Here is his summary of the project:
One Friday morning in June 2013, the idea to build a Junior Secondary School in the community of villages beyond the Taia river reached my people. The immediate purpose of this project is to to provide access to education for those children in rural areas who do not have the financial resources to travel to currently available schools in Magburaka. The greater goal is to redefine education socially, academically and economically. Members of this large community are overwhelmingly supportive of this statement, and responded by donating a 10 acre piece of land as a community contribution in support of this project.
The building and construction of the school is currently in progress thanks to the volunteer efforts of members of my home community. They have worked hard to build and transport mud bricks to the construction site in order to begin constructing the foundation for our future school. I have donated part of my salary as a high school Physical Education teacher to support this effort as well. The school, if funded, will contain one principal’s office and 6 classrooms, each of which will be able to house 45 pupils from the surrounding areas. If more funds are available, we are hoping to provide boarding home facilities for those who are traveling long distances to attend school and are unable to return to their villages regularly.
Additionally, we hope to construct a Senior Secondary School (from SSS 1 to SSS 4) for students who are not able to travel to the city of Magburaka (about 65 km away) to continue their secondary education. We will involve the local community in helping to provide the necessary agricultural resources (i.e. school lunch) to support those students who are needy, are well-disciplined, and will succeed academically.
In order for this project to be successful, it will require either financial support or partners who are interested in being part of the staff and administration. I thank you for your consideration and support. May God bless you.