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Many challenges existed within the community before the SEAQE project. The condition of the school was very poor before the project construction. The structure was built nearly 50 years ago. It was one of the first schools to be built in Kismayo. The school had not been rejuvenated for 25 years and had widespread devastation and cracks on the wall. The classrooms’ physical structures were not conducive to learning. The structure was detrimental to the life of the students
inside the classrooms. The students in some of the classrooms were at risk. During the rainy season some of the classes were not attended for the fear of walls breaking down. Parents and the teachers were concerned of the risk it may pose for pupils under its roof. The school toilets were
Some of the pupils could not afford to buy learning materials such as exercise books, text books, rubber, rulers, pencils, compasses, bags, pencil sharpener, chalk, dusters etc. Their parents could not afford for them such materials as most of them are dealing with the daily bread.
Moreover, the teachers were not getting enough incentives to support their families. The teachers in Jubba Primary School felt that they were compensated enough on the basis of their hard work and credentials. These forced some of the teachers to dodge the school during the school hours and try to win daily bread for their family. Others left the teaching profession to take up other jobs. The remaining ones opted opening up private schools where they can get extra money to support their family. This affected the school timetables and students stay in the classrooms.
Finally, there were no collaborations between the parents, the teachers, and the school administration. There were no school committee either. Everything was disorganized. ADRA has arrived in Jubba Primary School at the end of 2014.
On the physical side of the school, two classrooms were constructed from the scratch. The classrooms were built from very strong genuine brick material and painted with high quality pigment. The dimensions of the classrooms were 7m by 8m and it could accommodate nearly 60 pupils each.
In addition, 6 new toilets were constructed from the scratch. 3 toilets were built for the boys, 2 for girls and 1 for the teachers. The schools had also hand washing facilities where the students could wash their hands after using the toilet. The back wall was also extended and built from the
ground. The school had a reserved land of 30m by 10m behind the school in which the new classes were constructed.
In addition to the new classrooms built 11 other classrooms were rejuvenated. They were highly devastated and some of the classrooms were uninhabited.
ADRA has also offered training for the CEC and the teachers at the school. The teachers were trained on lesson preparations, classroom management, School conflict resolution etc. Training was held in convenient environment at Kismayo Hotel.
Conducive learning materials were also provided for the pupils and the teachers alike. These composed of exer-cise books, rubbers, rulers, pencils, compasses, bags, pencil sharpener, chalk, dusters etc. It has indeed en-hanced the confidence of the pupils who could not afford to buy these conducive learning materials.
Finally, some of the teachers were also offered with incentives for 14 months starting from January 2015 to Feb-ruary 2016. The program is expected to continue till December, 2018. Each teacher was offered $100 per month. The teachers from Jubba Primary School that benefited from the program were only five. The pro-gram has partially reduced teacher underpayment that greatly undermined teacher morale and motivation. It has reduced teachers’ absenteeism. The parents were also encouraged to take part in teacher salary sup-plementation. The children and the teachers now remain in the schools. The head teacher has reported the reduction of teacher overturn in this year.