posted by: RAINS on November 13, 2018

A new school block has been built for Daboya No.2 Primary School.

This was a much needed intervention. Previously, the building’s walls and floors were cracked and crumbling, the rooves were not secure, and there was not enough space for children to learn. They sat crammed in desks or on the floor. Classes were merged, hindering the quality of education.

“The school was a deathtrap,” Mr. Iddrissu Tia Nuhu, the Head Teacher, said.

The inauguration of the school building occurred on Oct. 26th as way to celebrate this accomplishment, which is a new three-room school block and new sanitary facilities.

The environment of the school is now conducive for children to learn in. Children no longer have to sit on the floor or sit crammed in desks.  “It’s very good, because there [is] furniture in the classrooms to help make the learning easy for both the students and teachers,” Mr. Mohammed Abdul Razak, the School Prefect, said.

One of the new classrooms in the school block.

“This one is a twenty first century building, and everything is there. So the children will receive twenty first century learning,” Mr. Nuhu said.

Through the now retired Childhood Regained Program, RAINS and Hope for Children worked with the Daboya community and relevant government authorities to construct the new building. Funding was received to carry out this project from the Government of Guernsey’s Overseas Aid & Development Commission.

The Daboya community advocated for the new infrastructure. “We wrote a lot of letters to the District Assemblies and other NGOs,” Mr. Nuhu said. Other school blocks have been built by the District Assemblies and the American Peace Core.

RAINS first began working with Daboya to address child rights and to introduce initiatives to alleviate poverty. This has included introducing Village Savings and Loans Associations, agriculture training for women, sensitisations on children’s rights, creation of children’s clubs, amongst others. This work was fundamental to increasing child enrollment in school, as it enabled parents with resources to send their children to school.