A few thoughts on grazing reserve schools...
I have to conclude, after seeing the nomadic schools on Kachia and the lack of them on Bobi and Garbagal, that Nomadic Education has failed the Fulani people. I therefore recommend that Schools for Africa step in on the three reserves in the following ways:
On Kachia, let’s support what is already being done by bringing in learning materials, books and enrichment programs for teachers and children alike.
On Bobi, let’s build three little schools, hire teachers and a supervisor and pay them well. The Fulani leadership has committed to building teachers’ quarters on the reserve.
On Garbagal, we’ll do the same, though two schools may suffice as it’s a much smaller reserve.
This will give Schools for Africa seven schools to run: NewPointe Community in Kogi State, Mogodi Home School, three in Bobi and two in Garbagal.
We’ve already built NewPointe, and Mogodi Home School doesn’t need a building. That leaves five schools to build at a minimum of $4,000 each, complete with toilets. That’s a total of $20,000 to build.
The monthly budget at NewPointe is $275. The budget at Mogodi Home School is $330. I don’t know yet what the budgets would be for the five new schools, but I imagine they would be comparable.
Wouldn’t one of you, or your church, like to ‘adopt’ one of these grazing reserve schools? It could be done with $4,000 to build, and no more than $350 monthly to pay teachers. This could be a one year commitment, or two, or five! Please think about it!
I hope the Schools for Africa Board will meet in July while I’m in Seattle, to discuss these issues and more.