Devon Contract Waste also supported the education of a community in Mali, West Africa.
Mali is the third poorest country in the world with over three quarters of the population living below the national poverty line, on less than $1 per day. Educational opportunities are limited; only one child out of three is completing primary school with an adequate level of numeracy and literacy, and only 40% are reaching secondary school. Just 19% of adults and 24% of 15-24 year old are literate.
The children in Sanankoroba village, Kati District, have poor and limited education opportunities due to insufficient and over crowded classrooms, with more than 100 students in a class. Devon Contract Waste funded a programme that was designed to improve their quality of education and help them to fight their way out of poverty.
The programme was implemented by Plan, an international child-centred organisation working for over 70 years in 49 countries around the world. Plan’s community based projects focus on education, health, water and sanitation, and livelihood, and help the most vulnerable children realise their potential, claim their rights and have a better future. Plan has no religious, political or governmental affiliation.
Plan has been operating in Mali since 1976, helping poor children to access their rights to health, education, protection and livelihoods. It works to bring long lasting improvements to 30,000 children’s lives in 292 communities in the country.
What’s happening in Sanankoroba?
The project that Devon Contract Waste is supporting aims to improve the quality of education in Sanankoroba village through the development of the school infrastructures and reinforcement of the capacity of the school management structures.
In order to achieve this aim, three classrooms are being constructed and equipped with furniture. The project is helping to improve the quality of education by reducing class sizes from 100 to 76 students in the ten existing classrooms. By improving the quality of education, the project is helping to increase the percentage of children that complete their primary education in future years.
Trees are also being planted in the schoolyards in order to provide shade and to improve the studying environment of the children. Between the months of March and June temperatures get very high and there is no shade in the schoolyard. The purchase and planting of seedlings are enabling students to stay in shaded areas during their breaks from class. By improving the learning environment it is helping children concentrate and achieve better results.
Training sessions are organised for the existing School Management Committee so that they understand their role and responsibilities and learn how to maintain the classrooms and equipment. This ensures the sustainability of the programme as they will be trained in managing the school after the project is complete. The schools will get support from the Ministry of Education and the rural communal councils who have agreed to pay for the maintenance of the new classrooms as well as to provide teachers and learning materials.
The project was designed with the full participation of the local communities involving children, women and men. The primary beneficiaries will include over 1,000 children and 15 teachers. The secondary beneficiaries will include all of the 7,500+ people living in the communities of Sanankoroba.
Thank you to all our customers for your support to this programme.
For more information about Plan please visit www.plan-uk.org