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Info about the Schools Improvement
The middle school and private high school in a town in Mali have established committees of teachers and students who are very interested in improving local schools. The directors have met with the volunteer and teachers from the committees several times. They are planning fundraisers to start a few of the many projects which they hope will improve area schools.
The first wish is to get build latrines. Currently, students have to defecate in nearby bushes and teachers leave the school grounds to go all the way home to use their home latrines. This takes time away from learning, teaching, and makes the school grounds very unsanitary and a breeding ground for disease. Second, the schools have no books to teach the students. Every lesson is handwritten onto a board from an outdated 2004 poor handwritten copied notebook. This makes the class time just for copying and no time for lecture and discussion. With the purchase of text books, the students can follow along with the teacher as he/she lectures and allow plenty of time for discussion. The third wish is to fix the private high school well that provides water to three schools. Giving the well a secure cover, door, lock, treatment plan, and cleaning up the surrounding area will eliminate the current situation of the well being unsafe and unsanitary. The last wish the committees hope to accomplish within the first year, out of a five year school improvement plan, is to get electricity for the classrooms so that teachers can start holding night classes to allow more time to teach at the overcrowded schools.