There are approximately 88 public schools in Koinadugo province and CAUSE Kids plans on working its way through the entire province one school at a time. This area of Sierra Leone is possibly the poorest region within a country that has one of the lowest quality of life indexes on the planet. CAUSE Kids is currently working in 15 schools in the province. Here is some information about our partner schools:
In 2007, Koromasilia Primary School was the first CAUSE Kids school with full partnership status. The school has three buildings, one which was constructed by CAUSE Kids. This primary school has started their own Junior Secondary School. In 2010, the community established a Junior Secondary School that has further improved access to ongoing education.
CAUSE Kids is gradually reducing its sponsorship assistance to Koromasilia. With the development and success of the school’s agricultural scheme and other income generating activities undertaken by the Mothers Club and the School Management Committee, CAUSE Kids envisions the community managing their school’s affairs. The school has a student population of 176 boys and 215 girls, totalling 391 students.
Affia primary school is a 25-minute drive or 90-minute walk from Kabala. The school was established in 2002 with an estimated student population of 139 students and three teachers. Most community members are engaged in subsistence farming and petty trading.
CAUSE Kids partnered with the school in 2009 and built and furnished a modern three-classroom block, office, and storage in 2010, along with latrines and a water well. The new school structure was funded by River Park Church in Calgary. CAUSE Kids interventions have gradually seen the school population growing to 128 boys and 149 girls (277) with eight trained and qualified teachers. The school has a trained Mother’s Club and School Management Committee (SMC) to manage the affairs of the school. Community enthusiasm for education has recently produced a junior secondary school, as well.
Affia has also benefitted from a rice mill and agricultural demonstration plots with funds from River Park Church. In addition, CAUSE Canada’s Women’s Integral Empowerment Program (WIEP) and Salone Women’s Empowerment Trust (SWET) Microcredit programs are active in the community.
CAUSE Kids partnered with Baptist Primary School in 2008. At that time, the school possessed only one structure with three classrooms with a student population of 147 and five teachers. CAUSE Kids erected and furnished a three-classroom block in 2010 and is erecting another three-classroom block in the Spring of 2013. CAUSE Canada’s support to the school with teaching and learning materials, school feeding, uniforms, teachers’ stipends and free medical support for students has catapulted the school population to 503 students with seven trained and qualified teachers. The school has latrines and fetches water from a nearby church water well.
WCSL was established in 1984 and CAUSE Kids has partnered with the school since 2008, providing a water well and latrines, renovating two classroom blocks, supplying teaching and learning materials and school meal programs. Before CAUSE Kids’ interventions the school had a population of 454 students and now boasts 550 students. The school does well in public exams; its students scored the highest marks in the public exam that qualifies students for Junior Secondary School. WCSL has three structures with seven spacious rooms for students.
Sulimania is well renowned in agriculture, one of the reasons CAUSE Kids established a full partnership with the school in 2010. The student population at the time was 89 and this has steadily increased to 234 today (109 boys and 125 girls). The school had one structure with three classrooms before CAUSE Kids’ involvement but now has an additional structure with three classrooms, eliminating over-crowding in the classroom. Sulimania has a trained Mothers Club and School Management Committee members who are very willing to work in the interest of their children and teachers. The school has a functional water well, latrine, a strong Student Government, and overwhelming community support for the school agricultural program.
Local residents established Heremakono primary school in September 1976, with only five boys and two girls. Now, the school has a permanent structure with two classrooms that are overfilled with students in classes 1, 2 and 3. The head teacher’s former house has been converted to accommodate students in classes 4, 5 and 6, but it is congested. CAUSE Kids’ full partnership with the school has swelled the student population to 200 girls and 185 boys, totalling 385 students. The school has a trained and capable School Management Committee (SMC) and Mothers Club that help with school management. The school has one functional, safe and clean water well and a latrine.
Most Heremakono women have benefitted from CAUSE Canada’s WIEP Women’s Empowerment program and SWET Micro-credit programs. They are an especially enterprising bunch of women who want to see their children gain a high quality and practical education. Heremakono became CAUSE Kids 6th fully sponsored school in the beginning of 2012.
Malaforia is six kilometres from Kabala and a 30 minute drive. It has a school that was established in September 1998. The school has a present population of 383 students, of which 191 are boys and 192 are girls. There are five trained and qualified teachers, including one woman, and two untrained teachers. The 383 students are crowded into one small structure with three classrooms. Two classes share one classroom – a chaotic teaching scene. CAUSE Kids plans on constructing a new 3 classroom building and a well in the spring of 2013.
The school has a trained School Management Committee and Mothers Club that help manage school affairs. Malaforia will become CAUSE Kids 7th fully sponsored school in January of 2013.
Mamudia is some 27 kilometres from Kabala, with rough roads to the village. This is one of the remotest villages in our operational area. The school has a trained and very strong Mothers Club and School Management Committee (SMC). Mamudia has partial sponsorship with CAUSE Kids. It has a student population of 88 boys and 98 girls, totalling 186 pupils, with one trained and three untrained teachers. The community members are highly involved in the school’s agricultural programme, as is evident in their self-supported school feeding program. The school is in dire need of additional classrooms, a water well, uniforms, shoes, medical service, and feeding support.
Kathombo II is a CAUSE Kids school with partial sponsorship status, but it has been provided with a new three-classroom block with an office, storage, and furniture. There are three structures with eight classrooms and the expansion has greatly reduced student congestions. The school has a water well and latrine and serves a student population of 133 boys and 152 girls, with five trained and qualified and three untrained teachers. The school has an enviable garden and a trained School Management Committee and Mothers Club. It is not yet benefitting from the CAUSE Kids feeding and uniform programs.
CAUSE Kids has a partial sponsorship with Kafogo school. The school has trained Mothers Club and School Management Committee members, but they have yet to become fully engaged in school operations. Kafogo has an enrolment of 62 boys and 91 girls, totalling 153 students, with two trained and three untrained teachers. The school is located some 20 kilometres from Kabala on a paved road and boasts six classrooms in two blocks.
Sangbagba has a partial partnership with CAUSE Kids. CAUSE Kids’ support to the school (agriculture, teaching and learning materials, and teacher training) has increased the student population from 85 students to an encouraging population of 126 ( 51 boys and 75 girls). The school has trained and strong School Management Committee and Mothers Club members who participate in school management affairs, especially student welfare and the school garden with Mothers Club members also fully engaged in income generating activities. The school has ample room for its students with two structures housing six classrooms.
Senekedugu is three kilometres from Kabala and has had partial sponsorship with CAUSE Kids since 2008. The school has a student population of 187 (91 boys and 96 girls) with three trained and five untrained teachers. Senekedugu has one of the best school gardens, which can be attributed to the agricultural skills of the community members. Mothers Club and School Management Committee members dedicate most of their support to the school’s agricultural program but will become more involved in other aspects of school management, like teacher and student development strategies. CAUSE Kids constructed a new three-classroom block, office and storage, and stocked these with school furniture. This has minimised the congestion rate in the classrooms.
Kondeya has had partial partnership with CAUSE Kids since 2008. The school has trained SMC and Mothers Club members and a population of 38 boys and 34 girls, totalling 72 students, with two untrained teachers. The school’s immediate needs include improving the student retention rate and engaging local residents in the teacher development process. Kondeya is one of the oldest schools in the district but is always among the least populated in terms of students and teachers. The school has one structure with three classrooms.
Momorimaria has had partial partnership with CAUSE Kids since 2008. The village is difficult to access because of poor road conditions for most of the school year. It has a student population of 192 (103 boys and 89 girls) with trained School Management Committee and Mothers Club members. The school is located some 12 kilometres from Kabala. The school has two trained and two untrained teachers. Despite the CAUSE kids partial support rendered to the school, it is difficult to retain teachers and students as community members have not been seen actively engaged in the management of their school. The school has one structure with three over-crowded classrooms.
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Musaia has had a partial partnership with CAUSE Kids since 2008. CAUSE Kids support to the school includes teaching and learning materials, teacher training, and agricultural support. The school has a steady student population of 111 boys and 143 girls, totalling 254 students, with one untrained and six trained teachers. The school has strong, dedicated, and trained Mothers Club and School Management Committee members who advocate for the school and generate support for the school’s agricultural program. Musaia’s school has four structures with nine classrooms, two functional latrines, and a water well in need of rehabilitation. The school is situated some fifteen kilometres from Kabala.