The following is the very short recap of the schools in two of the circuits in
The Central Circuit serves 5252 Primary and High School Students. 30% of these students are registered OVC’s. The Mahamba Circuit serves 5601 Primary and High School students. 41% of these students are registered OVC’s. The Mahamba Circuit is the most rural and poorest circuit in
General observations common to all schools:
- There is a shortage of food at all of the schools at some point in time during the school year.
- Most children come to school hungry which impacts their ability to learn.
- Clean drinking water or the cost of electricity to pump the water is an issue at all the schools.
- Schools cannot grow vegetable gardens to feed the children and supplement their diet of maize and beans without an adequate water source and fencing.
- All preschools lack toys and teaching materials.
- Teacher’s quarters are in need of serious repairs but there is not funding for this and teachers don’t want to pay rent, which is understandable considering the state of the housing.
One of the interesting things that happened was a demonstration and talk on building toilets that produce Methane gas which could be used to cook with or run gas lights. This topic created a lot of jokes and caused a lot of giggling.