Ignorance of Parents
  • There are two main pathways a child’s life can go, either they are wearing traditional beads and clothing or they go to school. Those wearing bead are ready to be married even at early ages, and in most cases go to graze the familiy’s lifestock. A considerable number of parents prefer the first option for their children. It is very rare to find a family who sends all children to school.
  • Some parents decide to drop their children out of school after a few years at around class 2, joining the above mentioned bead pathway.
  • Parents of children who are registered at the school are not overseeing and/or pressuring their children enough to attend school regularly. The child itself decides whether on a particular day he/she feels like sitting in class or rather staying at home playing. This happens for usually no reason as opposed to sickness, and parents should encourage daily attendance to achieve good performance.
  • Children are supposed to come both with firewood and water for cooking the free lunch they are provided with at school. Despite many reminders only a small proportion of children come with these necessities each morning, hence delaying or compromising meal preparation.
  • School parents’ meetings are only attended by very low percentage of parents, as low as three or four.
Problems in the teaching/learning process
  • There is a very low standard of all, but especially the lower classes, when compared to other parts of the country.
  • Most children are lacking a good foundation. Without certain basic skills it is almost impossible for them to be able to grasp the advanced knowledge they are supposed to be taught in the following year. Particularly skills like knowing letters, numbers and ability to read are posing a big challenge during lessons.
  • A huge challenge in most classes is lack of attention and insufficient co-operation of pupils during classwork. Children are found to be occupying themselves with other things than they are told to, completely refuse to answer the teacher or copy down notes from the blackboard, or even as far as packing up their books in the middle of an ongoing lesson walking out of the classroom.
  • Pupils of the same class differ a lot in what they are able to do and what they fail to understand completely. Some very few are well up to their expectations, whereas others should go back down two classes in a particular subject in order to catch up, which thus makes teaching one class as a whole very challenging.

Hygiene/ food intake issue
  • Children eat their food with their bare unwashed dirty hands, possibly even from plastic bags/ empty oil containers
  • No direct water source on the compound
  • There is the same type of food at school every day, and at home many children are also not provided with sufficient food (e.g. no dinner, breakfast) and not supplied with a balanced healthy diet.
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