Improving the School Environment in Sanankoroba, Kati, Mali

Improving the School Environment in Sanankoroba, Kati, Mali

Final Report: August 2010

Project Goals
The overall aim of the project is to give children in Sanankoroba village, Kati easier access to a good quality education by June 30, 2010.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To reduce the number of pupils per class by constructing new classrooms
  • To improve the school environment by planting trees for shade
  • Allow children the opportunity to study in better conditions
  • To facilitate the establishment of a school management committee which children can actively take part in, helping to implement a ‘child friendly’ school concept

Background
Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over 72% of the population living on less than $1 a day. Children in Mali are faced with one of the worst chances of survival and have extremely low school enrolment rates. A staggering 60% of all children do not attend primary school and one quarter of 15 – 24 year olds are unable to read or write. One of the key problems is the poor quality of education and educational facilities.

In the project area, the school facilities were insufficient and classrooms were over-crowded with more than 100 students per class. Most children have, therefore, been unable to complete school and fulfill their potential. Among children enrolled in Grade One, only 40% reach Grade Ten or secondary school. It has therefore been necessary to improve the quality of education so that more children can complete Grade Six and have the opportunity to continue their education.

Children at the school in Sanankoroba
Children at the school in Sanankoroba

Activities Achieved
No major difficulties were encountered during implementation. The following activities (shown as separate posts), which were outlined in the initial project plan has now been achieved:

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