We previously referred already to the increasing number of students of the Secondary School. This growth is a positive development in the sense that more youngsters get the valuable academic or vocational education but it also has a drawback. Students come from so far away that they have to walk up to 10 miles in the morning and in the evening. Since this is virtually impossible - it would take more than 6 hours a day - an increasing number of students stays overnight in the neighborhood of the school. For the boys the problem is limited; they find a place to stay somewhere in the village. For the girls however it is undesirable that they just spend the night somewhere without a proper place to sleep and without supervision. Therefor, for the most urgent group of girls, a preliminary boarding facility has been created in one of the store rooms of the school (the picture shows some of them in the storeroom). There are no beds and sanitation from the school has to be used. Clearly not a desirable situation. For this reason we worked out a project plan with the Head of the school and the local authorities. The project must result in proper boarding facilities for, initially, a limited group of students. With the facilities created by the Schoollunch project the boarding students can be offered a morning and evening meal.
The project proposal - we will soon start looking for organizations or individuals that are prepared to contribute financially - will be published op this website within the coming weeks.
A number of times reference was made to the strong growth of the school. This growth has advantages in an economic sense - a larger variety of courses can be offered without resulting in small groups and inefficient use of equipment. But the clear disadvantage is the larger traveling distance for the students. One could of course opt for building similar schools elsewhere in the region and trying to find an optimum between traveling time and economy of scale; although with the density of population in the region even than boarding facilities will be necessary. It will still take many years before the 'ideal' situation has been reached, but it is good to have a view of how it is going to be in the future.
The youtube film underneath gives a view of the school buildings in its present phase of development.