BUNK BEDS - A place of safety
A place of safety
In conversation with the Head at one of our partner primary schools we discovered that the drop off rate for pupils in the final year of primary remains high especially for girls. Not completing primary education reduces the access to education and secondary and beyond. The reasons for the drop off are complex but what struck a chord with us most were the extreme distances the children have to travel across often dangerous bush lands just to get to school and, the plight of some of the girls who despite changing attitudes are still being kept at home to do chores or married off at a young age.
With kind UK supporters, we have been able to provide 21 bunk beds which have been installed into a spare room at the school. The year eight students were the first to benefit allowing them to stay in school during the week and revise for their final exams and maximise study time at what is a crucial point in their education
The dormitory is exclusively for girls and the school provides a matron to supervise and mentor them during this crucial phase of their lives. Over the last couple of years, the teachers have noticed the drop off rates fell dramatically, and the exam results have climbed steadily. The final year results continue to be good and are amongst the top in the area. The teachers acknowledged that the bunk bed facility is making a huge difference to girl’s results and long-term health and wellbeing
Attendance automatically improved
Extra tuition is available
The risk of arranged marriage and FGM is reduced
It is providing a haven for girls subjected to abuse at home
The bunk beds are in place, but mattresses and mosquito nets still need regular replacement.
Just £45 provides a child with a new mattress, blanket and mosquito net so they can sleep sound and wake up refreshed and ready to learn.