Ecological latrine, drinking water, desks and chairs now available to pupils of the middle school in Serekolia, Sierra Leone. This phase of the A School for All project now complete thanks to invaluable support from entire community
The A School for All project in Sierra Leone is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. The country has very low school attendance. In the Koinadugu district in which Serekolia is located, the village that is the focus of AMU’s action, it is estimated that only one in six boys or girls attends secondary school in their adolescent years.
This is why AMU’s project is to expand “Morifindugu Junior Secondary School” and equip it with essential facilities such as drinking water, toilets, chairs and desks. It will mean that many of the adolescents in Serekolia will no longer be forced to move away from their families to attend other schools, and – the girls especially – will be able to study close to home protected by their own community.
Construction of the ecological latrine is now complete. All that remains is for it to be painted. The water well has been dug and the hand pump installed. Pupils and school staff are now allowed to take drinking water from the well.
The manufacture of furniture for the classrooms, which began in May 2022, is also complete: 100 chairs and 100 desks, complete with paint, are ready for use.
Other building materials – such as rigid ceiling panels, metal doors and windows – have already been transported to Serekolia and are ready to be installed.
A dream realised together
The dream of building this school was made possible by one key element: the involvement of the entire Serekolia community. In fact, everyone helped with the work, aware of the need for a bigger school for the children in their village.