The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectProject to Support Primary Education in Wara Wara Bafodea, Sierra Leone Marcos Portillo de Armenteras Las Palmas de G.C., Spain. August 2012
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Community School in Kamagbengbeh Wara Wara Bafodea, July 2012
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectSupporting primary "community" education in the province of Wara Wara Bafodea, one of the most deprived areas of Sierra Leone, Africa.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project- Because in the Human Development Index (HDI), 2011 UN ranked 180 of 187 nations.- Because 60 of 100 adults (aged 15 +) are illiterate. In Spain 2 out of 100- Because 1 in 5 children dies before age 5 from malnutrition and other diseases.- Because 1 in 100 women die in childbirth. In Spain 6 in 100,000- Because it was at war from 1991 to 2002- Because life expectancy at birth is 47.8 years, while in Spain is 81 years.- Because 63% of the population lives on less than $ 1.25 a day.- Because the project developer (Marcos Portillo Armenteras) has previously developed education initiatives in the country and knows the reality very well and how to impact on it in a positive way.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project- Because it is one of the countrys poorest provinces. It has 30,000 inhabitants spread over some 150 villages.- Because it is north of the country, in a mountainous area of difficult access. There are no paved roads and present steep slopes. No phones or internet coverage. There are only 2 cars in the whole province and belong to the king. Wara Wara Bafodea- Because the primary school enrollment rate is one of the lowest in the country and school absenteeism exceeds the national average.- Because 16 of the 31 (52%) schools in the province have been developed by the villagers (communities) as the government fails to address the existing schooling needs.- Because there are no hospitals. The area is served by two nurses and a paramedic.
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectCommunity School in Kasentity Wara Wara Bafodea, July 2012
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectPrevious Experience in Sierra LeonaExamples of development through SOCIAL PARTICIPATION in Biriwa province, Sierra Leone. Year 2008 to 2009 . Performed by promoter of this project VILLAGERS OF KAKAYOH BUILDING THEIR OWN SCHOOL Escuela de Kakayoh
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectContinuation- Schools built through social participation. Year 2008 to 2009 Before After School in Kakayoh School in Kakayoh Antes Before After Antes School in Kamakita School in Kamakita
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Proposal To impact on 8 of the 16 community schools * existing in the province of Wara Wara Bafodea through SOCIAL MOBILIZATION and use of local resources in order to improve their material, academic and health conditions. To provide college training to 50 teachers. To increase and strengthen the presence of female teachers in the schools.* Mean of "community“: those initiatives launched at the behest of the rural people themselves, outside the official network ofstate schools.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Projecto Project Representative in Spain: Coopera * (G48499602). Spanish NGO devoted to the cooperation for development and integrate by people of different political, religious and cultural believes. Commitment to education as an engine of development. http://www.coopera.cco Planner/Executor: Marcos Portillo Armenteras / The Wara Wara Community Schools Project, based in Sierra Leone.o Authorities in Sierra Leone : - Counselor education Koinadugu District: Peter Bayuku Konteh. - Counselor education Wara Wara Bafodea: Serah Kamara. - King of Wara Wara Bafodea (Paramount Chief): Alhaji Almamy Hamidu I.o Villages: Kamagbengbeh, Kamadaindaina, Pampakor/Turaya, Daliportor, Kassasie, Kasentity, Kadanka, Kakonso. All the villagers, men, women and children.o 55 community teachers across the province of Wara Wara Bafodea. *The NGO COOPERA represents The Wara Wara Community Schools in an altruistic way, so that 100% of the money donated will go to the project in Sierra Leona.
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectThis past July, Marcos Portillo, project developermoved to the province of Wara Wara Bafodea for3 weeks to perform a thorough study on primaryeducation. He met with local leaders, visited and studied the 31 existing primary schools (16 community and 15 government), interviewed each of the teachers and administrators. With all this information gathered made a diagnosis of the reality by identifying critical needs and setting priorities for action.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Community Schools Visited- Wara Wara BafodeaKasongo Kassasie KayendaPampako Seredugu Turaya
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Kasentity Kakonso KadankaKasongo Kassasie Kayenda Kakamba Daliportor KamanikaePampako Seredugu Kasepena Turaya Kamagbengbeh Kamadaindaina
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Some Community Teachers Interviewed- Wara Wara BafodeaKasongo Kassasie Kayenda
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project Children in Wara Wara Bafodea Kassasie Kayenda
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project1. School Buildings2. School Supplies 3. Teachers 4. Children
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 1. School Buildings Precarious buildings with potential for collapse. In many cases, absence of latrines with consequentunhealthiness involved. No wells in many schools encouraging children to drinkcontaminated water and contract diseases.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 2. School Supplies Scarcity or absence of blackboards, benches and tables and thoseexisting in very poor condition. Inadequate and sometimes nonexistent books, notebooks, pencilsand pens. Lack of uniforms and in very poor condition.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 3. Teachers There are 55 community teachers. 26 teachers have not completed high school. 17 teachers have completed high school. 12 teachers have teaching diploma. Only 5 female teachers across the province. Average salary: 6,7 euros per month 9 months a year. 12 ofthem work voluntarily and receive no financial compensation fortheir work.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 4. Children High percentage of children not enrolled in school and absenteeism. They work from a very early age and are an important source offamily labor to support housework, crops and livestock. Many are malnourished and suffer from diseases that make itdifficult for them to attend.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project1. School must be Alive: There must be a highpercentage of children attending regularly andteachers must be truly committed to the education ofstudents.2. Isolation: We will work in schools that are inremote locations.3. Number of Students: We want toimpact the schools with more students.4. Degree of communityinvolvement: The villagers must havedemonstrated interest in working for their ownexisting schools.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 2 Kamadaindaina 1 Number of Students:Kamagbengbeh 70 Teachers: 2Number of Students: 84 Nearest PrimaryTeachers: 4 School 4.5 kmNearest primary school: Well: Operating but8 km not drinking waterWell: Broken Latrine: OperatingLatrine: No 3 4Pampakor/Turaya DaliportorNumber of students: 188 Number ofTeachers: 2 students: 74Nearest primary school: n students/a Teachers: 2Well: No Nearest primaryLatrine: No school: 6 km Well: No Latrine: No
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project 6 5 KasentityKassasie Number of Students:Number of Students: 53 74Teachers: 1 Teachers: 1Nearest primary school: Nearest primary5 km school: 3 kmWell: No Well: OperatingLatrine: No Latrine: Operating 7 8KadankaNumber of students: Kakonso115 Number ofTeachers: 4 students: 146Nearest primary studentsschool: 3 km Teachers: 4Well: Operating Nearest primaryLatrine: Operating school: 6 km(very poor) Well: No Latrine: Operating
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project NGO Coopera, Spain The Wara Wara Community Schools Project, Sierra Leone Market Research and Data AnalysisMonitoring and Evaluation SELF DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS Construction and School University Education Educational Workshops Reform and Workshops for for the Community Teachers Constitution of the Association of Community Schools of Wara Wara Bafodea
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectEstimated period of project implementation: 2 years from October 2012. WORKING METHOD 1. Market Research and Data Analysis: diagnosis of reality. Made in July 2012 2. Self Development Meetings: The heart of the project. The promoter of the project will work with the 8 chosen schools every two weeks (see diagram on the next slide). He will meet with the entire population of the villages, the true protagonists of the project, in the self developing encounters. With his guidance, the villagers will: Express themselves about the status of their school, the needs, their problems. Evaluate what local resources, free or not, are there at their disposal in order to support the school, for example, human resources, sand, stones and other. Set up goals: the community agrees to undertake certain activities for their school in the next two weeks (until the following self development meeting). Self monitor the fulfillment of the goals in the due date.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project WORK METHOD- Continuation Example of Weekly Work Plan (Self-Development) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday SaturdayWeek 1 1 Kamagbengbeh 2 Kamadaindaina 3 Pampakor Turaya 4 Daliportor logistics/administration llogistics/administrationWeek 2 5 Kassasie 6 Kasentity 7 Kadanka 8 Kakonso logistics/administration logistics/administrationWeek 3 1 Kamagbengbeh 2 Kamadaindaina 3 Pampakor Turaya 4 Daliportor logistics/administration logistics/administrationWeek 4 5 Kassasie 6 Kasentity 7 Kadanka 8 Kakonso logistics/administration logistics/administrationWeek 5 1 Kamagbengbeh 2 Kamadaindaina 3 Pampakor Turaya 4 Daliportor logistics/administration logistics/administrationWeek 6 5 Kassasie 6 Kasentity 7 Kadanka 8 Kakonso logistics/administration logistics/administration As seen in the table, in every village will hold a self development meeting every two weeks.3. The population is set to work with his own hands, using local resources, to ensure theattainment of the objectives every two weeks. Examples: repairing a wall, fell trees to build furniture,traditional construction of latrines, others.4. Identification of leaders and villages devoted to the construction of theirschool. The project sponsor throughout the weeks of work is identifying the “villages devoted indeveloping their own school" and provides "external support", which is embodied in different formsdepending on the needs of the school, for example : cement bags, hire a chainsaw to build furniture,
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project WORK METHOD- Continuation iron for school structure. The result of that identification, the project developer decidewhat two schools from 8 in which you are working, will be offered to build two new schools. The purpose of this working method is that the villagers are the protagonists of the project; that they feel the school as theirs; that their development is the result of their hard work. Parallel to the self development meetings, the following initiatives will be undertaken:• Community Teachers College Education:In the College of Teachers in Kabala: the project intends to facilitate the training of allcommunity teachers in the province of Wara Wara Bafodea (total of 50), as well as newteachers who will come to strengthen the network of schools in the province.• Training Workshops for the Community: health, education awareness, schoolmaintenance, teachers support, others.
The Wara Wara Community Schools Project METODO DE TRABAJO- Continuación sierra mecánica para construir muebles, hierro para la estructura de la escuela. Fruto de esta mismaidentificación, el promotor del proyecto decidirá en qué dos aldeas, de las 8 en las que se está trabajando,se ofrecerá la construcción de una nueva escuela en sustitución de la existente. Para estas dos nuevasescuelas el proyecto aportará cemento, hierro, zinc otros. Lo que se pretende con este método de trabajo es que los aldeanos sean los protagonistas delproyecto, que sientan la escuela como suya, que el desarrollo de las mismas sea fruto de su esfuerzo ytrabajo. Paralelamente a los encuentros de desarrollo se trabajará en:1. Formación de maestros comunitarios: • Académica en escuela de maestros: se pretende facilitar la formación de todos los maestros comunitarios tanto de escuelas comunitarias, como de escuelas del gobierno no cualificados (un total de 50) y formación de nuevas profesoras que vendrían a reforzar la red de escuelas de la provincia. Existe en Sierra Leona, y en la ciudad de Kabala (a 33 kms de Wara Wara Bafodea), formación universitaria a distancia para maestros. • Talleres de formación continua.2. Talleres de Formación para la comunidad: salubridad, concienciación sobre la educación,mantenimiento de las escuelas, apoyo a los maestros, otros.
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectAny financial contribution, big or small, once or every month, is really appreciated....We want to build a solid and sustainable project and therefore long term commitmentwould help us enormously. To give you an idea: • With 10 euros a month, you will help with a bag of cement each month. • With 20 euros a month, you will help to pay for 1 teachers education (and transport) for a year at the School of Teachers in Kabala. • With 80 euros a month, you will help to reform a school in 2 years. • With 800 euros a month, together with a group of friends, family, fellow worker, school classmates, you will help us to build a school in two years . • Are you a teacher? Sponsor a group of teachers. Help with the amount you can, monthly or single payment: As you decide. HELP US TO HELP THEM! Trainning of a teacher costs 240 euros a year, and lasts three years. To Build a school costs about 20,000 euros.
The Wara Wara Community Schools ProjectMake your donations through the following account of the NGOCOOPERA, which is available exclusively to this project: The WaraWara Community Schools Project, Sierra Leone. Transfer from outside Spain: ES78 2054 0350 1791 6203 0131 Transfer from within Spain: 2054/0350/17/9162030131 (Caja de Navarra) Subject: The Wara Wara Community Schools Project
The Wara Wara Community Schools Projecto Please forward this Power Point: Spend some time to see whowould be interested and who can support.o To those willing to help, please, organize a party, a charitylunch, a paddle tournament…. Any possible thing to raise moneyto support the project.o If you have any questions related to the project please,contact, Marcos Portillo. +34609688562 (until mid October)… firstname.lastname@example.org