Children in Dominase are not fortunate to have many of the educational aids that we take for granted. Pens, pencils, paper, books and school uniforms are all very expensive for poor families. Without any electricity in their schools, children can only learn computer skills by looking at books with pictures of keyboards.
But all the children seem to be very keen to learn and we have tried to help by providing basic materials on many of our visits.
Buriton Primary School has links with the Marfo School in Dominase, children write to each other regularly and the school has sent some materials.
Milton Park Junior School in Portsmouth has also raised money for Dominase and Ditcham Park School commenced a very enthusiastic link with the Besease DA School in 2011.
We have also made sure that some of our other projects help with education and learning:
- money raised in Buriton is helped to provide a block of latrine toilets for a village school in Dominase. This now provides children with somewhere clean and safe to go to the toilet and, for teenage girls, it is likely to make an even bigger difference: giving them the confidence to go to school every day and thus get a better education
- by providing extra wells and water supplies we have reduced the need for families to send their children to queue for water. More children are now able to attend school regularly.