Kawiruwiru Community Secondary School Classroom Block Completion

Year: 2020
Country: Malawi
Project Status: Funded
Impact Sector: Education
Project Investment: $9,230.67

Project Launch: 12-23-20

Kawiruwiru community members seek to improve access to education by establishing a secondary school in the area. The closest secondary school is 20km away, which has led to school dropouts as students don't walk the long distance especially during adverse weather conditions. In 2018, the community commenced the construction of a school block to accommodate 100 students, however they did not have adequate resources to complete the project. With $9,230.67 in grant funds, the community will purchase iron sheets, timber, cement, steel windows, glasses and other small materials to ensure the school block is completed. Through this project, students will have greater access to a conducive learning environment which will improve attendance. Additionally, without the long distance to walk, students will have more energy and time to focus on their studies thereby improving their academic performance. 

Project Update: 7-29-21

Youth Action for Sustainable Community Development in partnership with Kawiruwiru Community Day Secondary School Development Committee has completed 75% of the planned work towards completion of the first ever classroom block in their area. Among the activities completed included construction of walls from ring bean to the top, developed roofing structure and beam filling, roofing and fitting all window and door frames. Additionally, thirty-five two seater desks have been purchased. The project is expected to be completed by October 2021 with plastering, flooring, grazing and development of drainage systems.  The project is a big step towards opening of the much awaited secondary school in the area which will start with 100 students. “We have struggled to find support for this project for over three years. To see this change within months is commendable. Thank you World Connect for trusting in our vision and dream.” Alfred Mfuni- Local Leader.

Final Report:

Youth Action in Sustainable Community Development (YASCOD) in partnership with the Kawiruwiru School Village Development Committee has completed the construction of a two-roomed classroom block in an effort to open the first-ever Community Day Secondary School in the community. With a $9,230.67 World Connect grant, all two rooms are fully completed with windows and glasses fitted, painted and drainage finished ready to support the education of not less than 100 students.

Additionally, 35 two-seater desks have been purchased and fitted in the classrooms. While the project has been completed as designed, the Secondary School has not been opened yet. This is because as per Ministry of Education requirements there is a need to have an office and two teachers’ houses for it to be opened.

After discussions, the community molded bricks and agreed to continue looking for funding to construct the remaining structures to operationalize the school. Currently, the two blocks are temporarily being occupied by 90 (46 females and 44 male) primary school students who have inadequate classrooms and struggle especially during the rainy season. One of the students using the new block had the following to say about the project “I am one of the students that have been using the block during the rainy season. It has made a great change as in the past we could stop learning whenever there was rain which impacted our lessons. This changed even though we know it’s temporary. we are thankful”

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