Kolol primary school

Kibet4Kids started a project to help Kolol primary school. We will start by building classrooms, but finally we want to do everything that can contribute to improve education in Kolol. So that the children from Kolol get the same chances as children from towns.

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What we will do

Budget

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Background

Kolol primary school is a school in the village Kolol, which is situated in the Rift Valley, in the countryside of Kenya. It’s a pretty remote village and the impoverished population survives by farming (growing vegetables and keeping cows). There are no facilities in Kolol, apart from the primary school. For a long time, there was even no school. Children would walk to school, to the village Tambach, which is 5 kilometers away. The only way to get there is to follow the steep and dangerous asphalt road, which has many curves, many potholes, and no pavement. Children would follow that road for one and a half hour to get to school, often in the dark. Very dangerous! Apart from that, the schools in Tambach were overcrowded. In 2007 a public primary school was built in Kolol. There was enough money for four classrooms, but those are now full. At this moment, the school has 120 students, and 5 teachers, spread over 6 classes. The young children (babyclass - middleclass – topclass) are all in one classroom, while Standard one, two and three all have their own classroom. January 2014 a new school year will start. By then, the school needs another classroom, but it’s not yet there. The government doesn’t have enough finances and was not able to make any promise. Therefor the school decided to build a small classroom themselves, made from twigs and clay, but actually it’s not worth to be called classroom (see photo).

 

Kibet4Kids wants to help Kolol primary school by building classrooms made of bricks. The land of the school is big enough for it. We do not have to employ any new teacher, because the government will take care of that. It’s important for us to make this project a cooperation between Kibet4Kids and the community of Kolol. The community and also the teachers and headmaster, will participate in the planning, the execution and the maintenance of the whole project. Parents of pupils have already started digging the foundation of the new classrooms, and have brought big stones to the site. They do this voluntarily. Apart from that, the contractor will employ as many people from Kolol as possible. In that way the community can help building its own school and gets paid for it.

 

What we will do

In the end, we want to turn Kolol primary school in to a school that has all the facilities that children need in order to perform well in their education. This means we want to build five classrooms, a library, a staffroom and a toilet building. We also want to offer the school study materials. Most parents don’t have money to buy notebooks and textbooks. Therefor we want to make sure the school has enough of this, as well as other materials like topographic maps and (second hand) computers. In impoverished areas, like Kolol, children often don’t get enough food, which has a negative impact on their concentration and school performance. Together with the headmaster, we will investigate whether it’s possible to offer the children lunch. The plan is that the parents will donate food to the school and Kibet4Kids will probably pay the salary of the cook and buy kitchen stuff. Finally, we want to improve the quality of education, by offering the teachers of Kolol additional classes, to update their knowledge. Together with the headmaster we will search for courses that suit the teachers and the school. We think it’s very important to closely monitor the projects that we do. Two of our directors (Hilda Kibet and Hugo van den Broek) live in Kenya. They will visit Kolol on a regular basis, in order to keep an eye on the project and to analyse, together with the teachers of Kolol, what more has to be done in order to improve the quality of education. 

 

Up: the toilet building, used by 120 pupils and 5 teachers.

 

Budget

Our budget estimate for the first part of this project, to be completed in October 2014:

Two classrooms, each of 678.760 Ksh 1.357.520

Eighty desks and eighty chairs 200.000

Studymaterials for all classes 230.000

Additional course for teachers (6x70.000) 420.000

Total: 2.207.520 Ksh Against the current exchange rate this is 18.867,- Euro or 25.970,- USD.

 

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