Primary School Renovation

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Primary School Renovation
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Country: Guinea
Volunteer(s) Name: C Ignacio
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $1147
Percentage community contributed: 29%
Funds needed were: $2715
Funds requested were: $2715
PPCP #: 675-137
Year of project approval: 2009
Projects started in Guinea 2009 (3).
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Info about the Primary School Renovation

Primary education is of utmost importance in any society, especially in Guinea where students are moving into high school lacking fundamental knowledge in mathematics, reading, and writing. As a second grade teacher at a primary school, the Peace Corps Volunteer has witnessed students struggle given their poor learning conditions. 82 students in one classroom, a lack of resources such as desks and chalkboards and only five classrooms for six grade levels are a few of the many setbacks. Yet despite these challenges, students are eager to learn, which is why they deserve a better chance. They deserve to sit in a classroom of their own where there is an acceptable student to teacher ratio. They deserve to attend a school that isn’t falling apart; a place taken seriously as an educational institution. They deserve the strong foundation primary education gives as a means to move ahead.

The village has been trying for over five years to gain funding to restore its only school. Unfortunately, due to the political unrest in 2007, all forms of international assistance left Guinea along with the community’s hope to gain funding. The community is able and willing to offer its local resources, including transportation of all materials; the room, board, and labor of bricklayers, carpenters, and painters; and materials like sand, gravel, large stones, and water. However, the community still needs help with other costly materials such as cement, metal roofs, windows, and doors, which is how partnership program funds will be used.

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