Project

Remote Rural Schools Construction

The Remote Rural Schools Construction project aims to inspire, partner with, and train more than 78,000 parents in rural and isolated villages in past (buildOn) and future project locations to be active participants in improving the quality of, and access to, education for 43,056 OOSC and 117,264 children at-risk of dropping out of primary school.

This will be achieved through participatory school and latrine construction, solar panel installation, leadership development, and community mobilization. Parent leaders will be trained formally across 481 past and 520 future project sites to help the identification and enrolment of OOSC. This initiative will not only provide sustainable learning environments for more than 43,056 OOSC and 117,264 children at risk of dropping out, but will allow parents to take an active role in improving education for their children. The project also includes annual training for local parent leaders to galvanize community commitment to education.

Long-term sustainability is intended for every school that is built. As part of the strategy to create true partnerships with the communities, the partnership aims to prepare and support communities in maintaining their schools, both in terms of the physical structure and their ability to conduct classes for children and adults. The schools that they help build and the parents they help train will continue to provide more educational opportunity for OOSC and children at risk of not enrolling or dropping out of primary school for decades to come.

Partners

buildOn

For more than two decades, buildOn has partnered with local governments and mobilized rural villages in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build more than 618 schools in Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal. In February 2014, they broke ground on their first school in Burkina Faso.

Countries

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

A landlocked Sahelian/Saharan country in West Africa, Burkina Faso shares borders with six other African countries. The country ranks amongst the poorest in the world and in 2012 armed conflict and instability from neighbouring Mali brought about a humanitarian crisis and waves of refugees into Burkina Faso. In 2014, Burkina Faso captured the 181st position in the United Nations Human Development Index. That same year, the country’s head of state was ousted from the presidency in a popular uprising after having ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years.
Haiti

Haiti

The Republic of Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. EAC works in partnership with CARE and buildOn to provide access to quality primary education for out of school children.
Malawi

Malawi

Situated in Southern Africa, the Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country, sharing borders with Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Soon after declaring independence the British in July 1964, the country was ruled by Dr Hastings Banda who presided over a one-party state for the next three decades. In 1994, Bakili Muluzi of the United Democratic Front was elected president in the country’s first ever multi-party elections. Occupying roughly 118,000 square kilometres, Malawi’s main exports are tobacco, tea, sugar and cotton. According to the UN, life expectancy for men and women in the country is approximately 55 years and GDP growth in 2012 was 1.8 per cent. In 2015, Malawi ranked 170 out of 188 other countries and territories on the UN’s Human Development Index.
Mali

Mali

Situated in the heart of West Africa, Mali is a Sahelian country that shares borders with seven other African countries. Recent estimates indicate that if annual population growths continues unabated at 3.6 percent, Mali’s population under the age of 25 will double. As it happens, the country’s population is unevenly distributed throughout the national territory, as 77.5 percent of people live in disparate rural areas. Roughly 73 percent of people in rural areas and 63 percent of the population overall live in poverty. Compounding matters, an armed conflict and instability emanating from the North, have, since 2012, brought about a humanitarian crisis in the country and an influx of refugees into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Nepal

Nepal

Located between China to the North and India to the South, Nepal is a landlocked country composed of a vastly diverse population with distinct cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. A 2011 national census revealed that the country was home to at least 125 ethnic groups. According to the Nepal Living Standards Survey conducted the year prior, approximately one-fourth of the population lives below the poverty line. Furthermore, the 2013 United Nations Human Development Index classified Nepal 157 amongst 187 countries. In April 2015, a massive earthquake killed scores of people and devastated the country’s infrastructure.
Senegal

Senegal

Located in West Africa, Senegal is a Sahelian/Saharan country, sharing borders with five other African nations and the Atlantic Ocean. Between 1988 and 2011, the country’s population nearly doubled and as of 2013 that figure stood at nearly 13.5 million. Approximately 50 per cent of Senegal’s people are under the age of 20 and 23 per cent of the people live in the country’s capital city, Dakar. Senegal’s youthful and rapid population growth exerts pressure on the education system in terms of enrolment, access to higher levels and the learning environments.