About the project
Learning under trees made studying extra difficult for the 310 pupils at Dashek Primary School in Wajir East District, especially on windy days when gusts would disrupt reading and teaching, blackboards would topple constantly and dust would settle on everything.
In partnership with a local youth-led support group called Waberi Welfare Society, the Foundation funded the construction of two new classrooms for the school. Built at a cost of KShs 1,465,000, the two classrooms not only provide a peaceful, safe environment in which the children can study, but have also increased the space available for teaching and allowed the school to enroll an additional 28 learners.
The attractive classrooms have changed the children’s attitudes to the school and studying. “I am happy to be at school,” beams Ahmed, a Class Two pupil. “Even when the bell for lunch rings, I want to stay in this classroom.”
The teachers are equally happy and motivated as they can now teach comfortably, protected from the environment and the disruption of people walking past. ‘We can now concentrate on teaching the pupils without disruptions from the external environment,’ confirmed Head Teacher, Maalim Daud.