The program began with an evaluation of the current status of the 20 partnering schools under three headings - school management, school resources and learning & teaching. Strengths and challenges were identified and analyzed. Appropriate interventions were then identified under each topic.
- Strengths and Challenges
- 13 of the schools are certified by the Ministry of Education (10 with authorization, 2 with a license and one with a permit.)
- 16 of the schools have a board of management.
- All of the schools have a parent committee.
- 10 of the schools have created schools plans and four have a maintenance plan.
- The students in the schools have to pay average yearly fees of 390htg (US.)
Strengths and Challenges
- 16 of the schools have a recreational area and four have a secure perimeter wall.
- 10 of the schools have a feeding program though seven are without cooking utilities and 9 are without cooking utensils.
- All of the schools have a vaccination program.
- 15 of the schools do not have a library.
- Six of the schools supply teaching aids and classroom materials.
- One school provides books.
Learning and teaching
Strengths and Challenges
- 16 of the schools follow the National Education System and curriculum.
- 13 of the schools provide preschool classes and two of the schools provide classes to grade 9.
- The average teachers salary is 42,848htg (US,107) with the lowest salary set at 10,000htg (US) per annum.
- 118 of the teachers have completed Ecole Fondamentale (primary education); 66 have completed secondary school and 56 have a third level education.
- Seven of the schools do not provide any extra curricular activities for their students.
The Foundation's commitment is being delivered across the three headings of school management, school resources, and learning and teaching.
School management requires all school to be registered with the Ministry. Regular inspection visits will be organized. Increase support will be given to teachers and the development of a functioning active board. A School of the Year program will be initiated to increase motivation.
A commitment to school resources will entail linking the schools with a food program. A well and water pump project will be initiated. An environmental project is scheduled to run in each school. Basic physical education equipment and a maintenance fund will be provided for each school.
The learning and teaching component of the commitment will establish a three year staff training and development project for teachers and directors. This involves setting up a stipend scheme for teachers will be established. Each school will have their own supple of school books.
Interventions are now being implemented across all 20 schools.