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HELP US BUILD A SCHOOL

HELP US BUILD A SCHOOL

We are building a primary school in Koutaya, Khorira in Dubreka (Guinea) and we need your help.The school on completion will be educating 300 children yearly.

EDUCATION IN KOUTAYA

Why Koutaya in Guinea?

Koutaya, is 30 minutes drive from Dubreka City. With a population estimated at 3,500 people Koutaya does not have a primary school. Most children in Koutaya have to walk 10km to go to school in Kalékhouré or they have to walk 5km to the harbour, and catch a wooden canoe across the sea, to get to school in Dubreka centre.

 

Dubreka is a prefecture located in the Kindia Region (with 7 sub-prefectures) and is estimated to have a population of over 352,859 and It covers an area of 4,350 km². In the rural areas in Dubreka, the net enrolment is estimated at 36.2%. In most schools, the ratio of student per classroom is estimated at 65/1 and the ratio of teachers per class is 0.9.

 

Our school in Koutaya will provide an opportunity for the children to be educated without having to make long and unsafe journeys to schools in nearby towns: Kalékhouré, Khorira, Masse M’bombo or Dubreka Centre.

DUBREKA CENTRE

OUR SCHOOL PROJECT IN KOUTAYA

Our plan for the primary school building.

Progress report on the school construction


January 2019:
We started raising funds for the construction project and with the help of the community members in Koutaya, we were able to purchase a piece of land to build a school.

February 2020:
Construction materials taken to the site for land clearing, levelling and fencing. Over 150 poles were planted to secure the land.

OUR STORIES

Listen to their stories and experiences in Koutaya and Dubreka

Abdoulaye (15) & Fatoumata (13) tell their story.

Abdoulaye (15) & Fatoumata (13) tell their story.

Abdoulaye and Fatoumata are 15 and 13 years old, respectively. They are brother and sister, from Koutaya, and they both go to School in Dubreka city, which is five kilometres away. Every morning, Abdoulaye and Fatoumata must walk this distance to the harbour, and catch a wooden canoe across the sea, to get to school.
During the rainy season, when the weather is bad, the journey can be dangerous, with big waves and strong winds. The crossing can sometimes be deadly, with numerous people – including young children – losing their lives attempting the journey in bad weather. Abdoulaye and Fatoumata’s mother tells us, “we want our children to go to school, but the risk to their lives crossing the sea every day worries us”. She tells her children that when the weather is bad, when it’s unsafe to cross, and when it’s too dark, they should find a safe place at the harbour and spend the night there.
Most people in Koutaya are becoming aware of the importance of going to school, they want to give their children the opportunity to get something they didn’t have: an education. They do not want their children to suffer, like they have, from a lack of education.
Children in Koutaya and surroundings are being raised in the depths of poverty, they should not have to risk their lives to go to school.

Casimir shares experience of his visit to Koutaya.

Casimir shares his experience of his visit to Koutaya.

In December 2018, I was one the volunteers that travelled to the Republic of Guinea with URBOND chairman Mr Ousmane Drame. We witnessed the poor education system and the struggle many people in Guinea are currently facing. The education crisis in Guinea is very serious and it adversely affects rural areas more than urban ones and should not underestimate the long-term consequences of continued poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in rural areas.
Given the significance amount of poverty in rural areas in Guinea it should come as no surprise that rural schoolchildren are the most disadvantaged when it comes to quality of education.  We witnessed that Koutaya (a rural area) has no school children must therefore walk kilometres to get an education. We also witnessed that Dubreka has a low number of qualified teachers and not enough teachers for the number of children enrolled in school. I strongly believe that poor quality education available in rural areas will only continue to perpetuate long-term poverty in the region. It is a vicious cycle that we most all work together and put an end to.
Most parents I had the chance to speak to say that the quality of education for their children is very bad. The extra costs of education is too much and getting to school is very difficult challenge for the children. In rural areas due to education barriers family members have to force their children to drop out of school entirely.

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