Come and take a look around CIA School:
Nothing feels more satisfying and makes happier than seeing the outcome of an idea that the CIA school and the SCHRAMM Connection had two years ago. Persistent fundraising, generous donors, including Noemi’s old Kantonsschule in Kreuzlingen, and a lot of community efforts contributed to the newly built library at the CIA school in Nyandeyama. The library has received a first stock of youth and young adults books from a book drive in the US, and the SCHRAMM Connection will add textbooks to the selection. Madam Margaret Suwu organised shelves from the local supermarket, and the local carpenter is still working on more tables and chairs, that will allow the students to use the library as a learning and resource center. Watch for yourself: video
This is the annual report submitted by the CIA school:
UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL –April 2015-April 2016
Community Initiative Academy started as a community concern expressed by 80% of parents in the Nyandeyama Community on the following grounds:
- The growing number of primary schools and JSS Pupils within the locality
- To rid these children from the long distances they cover to attend secondary schools outside the community, and the flooding of streams at crossing points between Nyandeyama and the Kenema City.
- Above all, to reduce the burden of overhead transport costs on parents, as well as the risk of road accidents to which pupils were exposed.
ACTIVITIES: The inaugural meeting for the establishment of the school was held by the founding members and key stakeholders of the Nyandeyama community on the 7th April 2010; the founding members include:
- Chief Benson A. Suwu
- Eddie Moigua Senesie
- Abdul K. Kalifa
- Issa Roberts
- Fatu Jayah
- Abdul K. Sesay
- Margaret A-K Suwu
- Susan Dugba
- Fatmata Suwu
- Baindu Koroma
- Bob-Joe Sandy
Community Stakeholders include:
- Chief Aloysius Vandy Suwu
- Alhaji Bockarie Karimu
- Chief Momoh Thorlie
- Alhaji Suliaman Bah
- F K Mansaray ( late)
- Alhaji A S. Gbla
- Francis Koroma
The foundation for the Three-classroom block was laid on the 8th May 2010, with funds raised from contributions made by founding members.
The structure was raised to wall height and roofed in August 2010 with funds from the proprietor and donations from appeal letters sent to community stakeholders. Initial fund for the fourth classroom was donated by Hon. P. C Madam Mamie G. Gamanga (Le 1,000,000.00). This four-classroom structure was used for classes in it unfinished state for three years.
The payment of stipend for teachers and finishing of the school building remained a huge challenge for the school Management.
The Management of the school continued to send out appeal letters to various organisations and individuals. It was such a letter that was responded to by Noemi Schramm.
They have raised support among friends and family in Switzerland and have subsequently been able to support the payment of stipend to 12 teachers in the school since May 2015 to date. They also funded the finishing of the four-classroom building in April 2015 and supported the one-side facing of the school compound and fixing of the gate at the entrance in 2016.
The generous donors from Switzerland also made a special donation of one million Leones towards the excellent performance of pupils at the 2014 BECE National exams.
In cooperation with Noemi, we have also sent in an application for school Library to African Library Project of Rise Network.
The Section Chief has promised to provide additional land space for the construction of the Library. Several other stakeholders have given their support to the development of the school. Skilled personnel like masons, carpenters, painters and plumbers have rendered their services. Community youths have also provided unskilled labour.
Parents, through their PTA organisations have supported the school in their own way.
The Section Chief has promised the people of Nyandeyama, the provision of quality Education for the children in his community. (I will continue to lobby for support he lamented)
The teachers remain committed to teaching as a result of the payment of stipends. They are still awaiting Government recruitment / approval for payment of salaries. It is yet too frustrating for teachers who have taught for six years without Government approval. Had it not been the support from our good friends, we wonder what would have been the situation. We just say thank you.
There had also being a steady increase in the enrolment of pupils in the school. This could be looked at as achievement, but the other side is the need for expansion; additional classrooms, more furniture and more teachers.
The National exam (BECE) is coming up in July for this year. It is the fourth set of pupils for the exam and with the highest number of pupils. This means more efforts on the side of the teachers, which also demands adequate incentives.
However, amidst all of these there is great hope ahead.
Thanks to a generous donation, the CIA school can expand their structures. Five different plans are discussed right now:
- School library
- Additional classrooms
- Staff room
- Home Economic center
- Concrete fence around the school to ensure security
Do you have an opinion on what would make sense? Let us know 🙂
Dank einer grosszuegigen Spende aus der Schweiz kann die CIA Schule expandieren. Verschiedene Projekte werden momentan diskutiert:
- Eine Bibliothek
- Mehr Schulzimmer
- Ein Lehrerzimmer
- Ein Hauswirtschaftszentrum
- Sicherheitszzaun um die Schule
Habt ihr Ideen oder eine Meinung dazu? Lasst mich wissen 🙂
The CIA school in Kenema has been busy fixing the roof and remaining two classrooms, as well as the latrine. It also gave the whole building a lovely blue coat! Look at the pictures for some impressions.
The teachers received part of their salaries (they shared the money we sent to them) and are super happy – they say THANKS!
Die CIA Schule in Kenema war die letzten Wochen sehr beschäftigt mit der Fertigstellung des Daches, der letzten zwei Klassenzimmer und der Latrine. Sie haben die ganze Schule wunderschön blau angemalt! Schaut euch die Bilder an für mehr Eindrücke.
Die Lehrer haben teil ihres Lohnes erhalten (sie haben das Geld unter sich geteilt) und sind überglücklich – sie sagen DANKE SCHÖN!!!
A first donation of USD 3,500 has been given to the Principal of CIA to complete their construction. The initial donation also coincided with the signature of the partnership agreement between the CIA school and the Schramm Connection.
This are the teachers of CIA school that are looking for funding for their salaries. They have been working as volunteers for now and are hoping to get paid by the government in the future. Until then, let us help them and pay their salaries! We are planning to pay half their salary, to get them an incentive and work on their inclusion to Government payroll. Choose a (or two or three) teacher, pay his salary – it is USD 120 per month (900,000 Leones, 90 GBP, 120 CHF)! If they have found a sponsor already, it will be indicated.
Untenstehend siehst du alle Lehrer, die Unterstützung brauchen. Dies sind alles Lehrer von der CIA Schule, die bisher freiwillig gearbeitet haben – mit der Hoffnung, bald einmal von der Regierung bezahlt zu werden. Bis das endlich klappt, lasst uns zusammen helfen und die Hälfte ihres Lohns bezahlen. Such dir einen (oder zwei oder drei) LehrerIn aus und bezahl einen Teil seiner/ihrer Kosten – monatlich 120 CHF (900,000 Leones, 90 GBP, 120 USD)! Falls jemand bereits einen SponsorIn hat, wird das vermerkt.
Teaching subjects: Social Studies and Physical Health Education
Moses Melvin Kanneh, BSc (sponsored already | gesponsert)
Teaching subjects: Mathematics and integrated Sciences
Amara Pearcy, Bachelor of Education
Teaching subjects: Social studies, Creative Practical arts
Josephine Sia Yamba, Bachelor of Education
Teaching subjects: Agricultural Science, Home Economics
Tamba Varney, Higher Teaching Certificate
Teaching subjects: Language Arts, French
James F. Ngebeh, Higher National Diploma in teaching (sponsored already | gesponsert)
Teaching subjects: Business studies, Religious and Moral Education
Mustapha Sovula, Higher Teaching Certificate
Teaching subjects: Language arts, Mende, Social Studies
Fatmata Suwu, Business, Management and Administration
Teaching subjects: Home economics, creative practical arts
Jaiah Lahai, Higher Teaching Certificate
Teaching subjects: Agricultural science, introductory technology
Peter Kamanda, Higher Teaching Certificate
Teaching subjects: Social studies, language arts