HELP SUPPORT YONTOOY SCHOOL ADD UP CLASSROOMS, STAFFROOMS, AND WATER BARKAD
Using a jointly participatory community consultation process, the Yontoi community set up a community driven response the need of additional of two classroom a staffroom and water barkad for Yontoy Primary School. This was a need that arise due to the increase of student enrolment after the construction of classrooms under STEP project, education consultations and need of addressing education gaps within the village and other neighbouring villages that surrounds the Kismayo district. The CBEP process is an action that generated dialogue at Kismayo district and village levels to build momentum behind common goals for their district level education that was narrowed down to community level. The social cohesion session created spaces in which fully representative cross-sections of the population actively participated and voice their priorities and concerns choosing the above project.
Yontoi is a farming village 24km north of Kismayo town and the village comes under Kismayo district administration in Lower Jubaland of Somalia
The Yontoy indigenous have shown great interest in participating in the community-based education project planning and matching grant sessions through the USAID funded Stabilization Through Education Program (STEP) implemented by the International Organization for Migration, and in partnership with Creative Associate’s Bar ama Baro program. STEP aims to strengthen the government-led, community-driven expansion of access to quality education for out-of-school children and youth to build local institutions. The CBEP includes supporting the communities, through Community Education Committees (CECs) in mobilizing for resources for priorities identified. The community prioritized piloting the matching grants
The community in Yontoy village has shown and great interest in participating in the community-based education project planning and matching grant sessions through the STEP project, which supplements funds raised by the community at a set ratio scale. Yontoy village has no previous experience in initiating, co-financing, or directly financing projects and this is the first time this is being piloted in the town. The community prioritized piloting the matching grants of additional two classroom and a staffroom. The construction of the additional classroom staffroom centre for the teacher to have an open area to discuss and have meeting to foster their school day to day progress and to seek common area to promote social-education development of the school and enhance easy and reliable service of for Yontoi primary school education needs, the staffroom area to be an area for the Community education committees, teachers, parents, stakeholders, and education well-wishers to have accessible to allows them have outreach session in the staffroom. The water barkad will be a water harvest and water storage for the school to give access to clean and safe water for the students as water is life for and an essential need for a learning student and protection of hygiene to enable hand washing safety for them The matching grant ratio will be 1:8 The community contribution is expected to be $5,000 with the project matching $40,000. Hence the total cost of the community project will be $45,000.
Thank you for contributing towards building the educational foundations of Yontoi children through the addition of 2classroom and staffroom for the teachers of Yontoi primary school. This promotes community engagement and resilience around education, and foster partnerships with the government at all levels to establish public education schools.