A Case Study on a
Community Primary School
Compiled by Bernard Conteh Community Ambassador (
and Global Change Maker Sierra Leone-British Council. Sierra Leone
THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL AND FRONT DOOR
This is the biggest challenging slum community in
since independence. Freetown
As the name implies Bay refers to a waterish community for decades and because of it legacy, it has drown attention to many people as a historical community during slave trade.
Nowadays when you reside at
someone will automatically class you as a poor, disadvantaged, misfortune,
homeless and under-privileged. Kroo Bay
This is one of the communities that have been neglected and abandoned.
Subsequently this is a community that has contributed to the development of
one way or the other. Sierra Leone
Kroo Bay Community Primary School is a Community Based school established by community members to help children within the community to acquire Education since 1994.
Since it inception, it has being providing Primary Education to children in the Community especially to under- privileged and vulnerable children.
Because it is a community school, they have been neglected and limited to school facilities over the years forgetting the role they have being playing in promoting Education in Sierra Leone.
They offer education from Nursery to Class Six which is the final stage to enter Secondary School.
A lot of children have gone through this school since 1994 to date.
Parents, who do not have money to pay for their children to go to school, seek admission in this school. Most Parents rely on the
because they are
within the same community. Community
Teachers in the school are volunteers and are working on NO salary basis because of the love they have for their community and respect for Education.
It is a pity and challenging cause for the children in the community especially in terms of Education and it benefits.
FRONT VIEW OF THE SCHOOL AFTER FLOODING
As you can see, since this school was built by the community, it has never gone through maintenance and painting. The structure is fading away and it loosing it form gradually.
Many times after flooding it takes a while (3-4 days) to come back to school because they have to clean up the floor and compound to look decent and clean to meet a school atmosphere.
BACK VIEW OF THE SCHOOL AFTER FLOODING
The back of the school is always the first to flood because the water goes through the back fast and circulates to other parts of the school.
It is hard to live a healthy and sound life in this community with a lot of mosquitoes at night. People live with animals together like pigs in their homes.
PICTURE OF MR. ABDUL BUNDU KAMARA- DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER
Mr. Abdul Bundu Kamara is the current Deputy Head Teacher of the school who is working with Eight (8) staff and one care-taker told the Global Change Maker/Community Ambassador- Bernard Conteh that they are facing a lot of challenges and that they need Support and Partnering school. According to him he said all the Teachers are Volunteers and are working on No salary since the inception of the school.
The school children are not paying school fees. This means it free Education.
Teachers barely cater for their welfare and school materials for the children.
‘Sometimes we ask parents to pay $2 per term as an appreciation and support to teachers which many parents cannot afford’ says Mr. Kamara.
Mr. Kamara further said that there have been a lot of visits and meetings with some local NGOs and Government who promised to capacitate the school and it teachers but it’s not working.
We love education and its significance. The children are the future leaders and we believe helping them with the basic education, will go a long way.
Many times we go to school happily and sound to educate our children but as soon as the weather changes we will become worried because when it rains the whole school flood.
There will be no option rather than allowing the children to go home with supports from the community youths.
During the Rainy Season, we are not 100% in control of the school because of the rain and it effects. There will be no school when it rains heavily whether on exams or not. The school has run out of materials such as stationeries as one of our challenges, paint and school furniture due to the continuous flooding and it affects.
A lot of the children come to school without lunch and untidy.
We have got series of this situation when children fall down and sometimes for a very long time due to no food and lack of medication.
The children are ready to learn because after any flooding they come back to school because they know the significance of education and there is no option.
If only we have donors and humanitarian organizations coming to our aid, we will definitely change their lives and will also shape the future of the young generation.
We need help to capacitate and to free our school from this disaster.
God will definitely bless you for whatever support you give to our cause.
School Children playing outside during lunch time break.
School children playing during lunch time break at the corridor to show case happiness and perseverance.
These children find it very difficult to play many games because they are being limited to many of these facilities.
Many prefer to play within the school premises incase of any incident.
THE FLOOR OF THE CLASSROOMS AFTER FLOODING
THE SIDE VIEW OF THE SCHOOL (RIGHT)
THE SIDE VIEW OF THE SCHOOL (LEFT)
Our usual way of packing our wooden furniture after every flooding and lock them up for safety
THE ACTUAL FRONT FACE OF THE SCHOOL AND STRUCTURE
FRONT CORRIDOR (LEFT)
FRONT CORRIDOR (RIGHT)
However, we are calling on Donors and Humanitarian Organizations that have passion for Education to come to our aid.
We promise to utilize whatever support for it desired purpose.
For any donation or support Contact the Global Change Maker/Community Ambassador Mr. Bernard Conteh on the following: