What we do
Classrooms are often overcrowded and it is not unusual to have 80 children in one classroom. Not only are children forced to sit five on a bench meant for two students but more importantly they do not get the necessary focus of the teacher. This does not help their development and they often struggle to stay committed to their learning. Studies have shown a clear correlation between school facilities and the learning results of children.
Children also struggle to have access to textbooks. In many cases, classrooms don't have any books at all. This makes it hard to follow what the teacher is saying, and means that children are far less likely to leave school knowing how to read. Often only the teacher has one book which means that the children have to copy the text from the blackboard slowing down their development.
On average less than 1% of schools are connected to the internet in (Western) Africa. Schools connected to the internet can use it to download teaching material, educate their teachers, and train students on the power of the internet. Recently we have implemented 20 workstations in our school in Bamako (Cherifoula) allowing teachers and children to embrace the use of technology.
We want all children to be educated for life, in a safe and nurturing learning environment. We support schools practically and financially to improve their learning environment by implementing sanitation to improve hygiene, establishing libraries so students and teachers have access to books, and access to the internet so they can make use of technology and connect with the world.
Our purpose is to educate beyond the classroom. Many children have never seen the environment they live in. Studies have shown that children learn more when they do things together outside the classroom in a different environment. We support the school financially so that they can organize extracurricular activities for the children.
School related activities
It is important to teach the children how they can spend time outside school with useful and interesting activities that develop their mental and physical skills and their knowledge of the world they live in.
On average less than 1% of schools are connected to the internet in (Western) Africa. Schools connected to the internet can use it for teaching material, educate their teachers, train students.