Our first full building project is Atibie School, a primary school located in Kwahu-Eastern Region, Ghana.
Currently, the school is used by over 400 children and has 2 buildings. The lower school "building" is situated next to a busy main road, 1 mile away from the upper school. The current lower school building is old and damaged - built out of corrugated iron, there are no solid walls and the roof is falling apart. It does not provide a safe environment for these children to go to school. The classrooms aren't all able to be used effectively, and aren't big enough for the amount of children who want to go to the school.
We want to rebuild the lower school, next to the upper school, away from the main road. The building will be durable, made out of bricks and clay, weather proof and safe for the children to use. There will be bigger classrooms, more resources and more space for more children to be able to enjoy an education.
"Increasingly, technology is being seen as a powerful development tool, used in the global battle to hit child and youth-focused targets in global education, livelihoods and health. (Annie Kelly, The Guardian, June 17th 2013)".
Longer term, we want to introduce a library and computers into the school. We want the school to have the knowledge bank to be able to aid the children of Mpraeso to have an education, to develop themselves and the communities around them. Education opens up doors that would otherwise be closed to these children in and we want to equip Atibie with the resources to keep these doors open for generations to come.
Work has already begun on Atibie School! Through our fundraising so far, we have built the foundations for the new lower school. Work on the walls is due to start within the month and we are continuing to fundraise to see the project through to completion.