Mehoni School Updates Deutsch
It is three months since Ethiopian Enterprises signed agreements in the Ethiopian region of Raya-Azebo to finance the rebuilding of a deprived rural school. Over the previous two years, the school, its staff and parent community had proven that they had the potential to become an important self-sustaining model for public schools in rural Ethiopia.
In the past three months, the Mehoni school project has fulfilled all our expectations. Project leader Lesley Stephenson returned from a reporting visit this week and her news was extremely positive.
‘ The reconstruction of school buildings has been underway since February and the first two classroom blocks are more than 50% complete. We have an excellent building team and the standard of their work is very high. They and their team proudly showed me through the site, and I was able to make some decisions with them about colours, stone work, windows, etc.
The project has initiated positive change throughout the school. The school football and gym teams (working with bare essentials like an old lorry tyre for a landing mat, and playing football in broken plastic sandals) have upped their practice times. They presented a display of their gymnastic talents which was breathtaking. The water and maintenance committees had completed all the assignments we set them at the end of last year, and were eager for more. One evening I suggested that they needed to weed in the elephant grass plots around the water tank system to avoid damage to this cash crop, and the next morning when I arrived at 8am the work had already been completed. Teachers and students had been assigned to the task and had arrived in the early hours of the morning to complete the work. Now the excavations for four further buildings are being dug in voluntary labour by the school community under the watchful eyes of our project manager and building team. This will allow us to get the stone foundations for the next building phase laid before the big wet season begins in June/July.
The regional government has also played its part. As part of our agreement, they are responsible for financing and building a water channel along part of the school’s perimeter in order to divert the heavy rainwater load away from the school grounds. The channel is well under way, and the surrounding community is delighted.’