Sunday, 18 May 2008

At last - the complete set of Shyogwe School pictures

This is what a primary school of 2103 pupils looks like, The water tank was built last year with money from Marchwood Primsry School in Hampshire.
This is the block of four classrooms we want to replace. It will take up all of the first half of the Randstad money we have been given.

A rear view of the same block of classrooms. This wall is subsiding downhill to the right. The buttresses are not working, and the wall is dangerous. It's a question of when it will collapse, not if it will collapse.

A close up of the butress in the previous photo closest to Stephanie, the Headmistress. You can see big cracks in the wall, and in fact this buttress has become detatched from the wall it's supposed to be supporting. When you thump the wall with your fist, it makes a hollow sound.

Water tap and trough next to the toilet block. We need more toilets and more taps.

A block of 6 toilets. When the children are at school, a stream of effluent runs from the doors downhill to the left of the picture. You can smell these toilets from 20 yards on a sunny day. There are 14 toilets for 2100 pupils - one per 150. Imagine what it's like during morning break time....... Many children use the bushes around the site, so they all stink, too. There are no staff toilets anywhere on site (for a staff of 30).

A close up of the classroom walls. You can see that the mud bricks are crumbling. You wonder just what is holding up the roof.

This is the only brick block of classrooms on site. These are the rooms built to replace the block which collapsed recently. The school is thrifty - you can see that most of the old roof tiles were recycled and only a small patch had to be replaced with new tiles.

Close up of the new block to show air bricks above the windows. You can see the wooden shutters clearly. Unfortunately this block, like the old rooms, only has windows on one side. Even so, these are by far the best rooms in the school. What a pity they're left one room short so one class is always having lessons outside.

A newish block of mud-brick rooms with a tin roof. This looks good because it's new, but the walls won't last and it's not the long-term solution the school needs to its building problems.

Inside one of the new brick rooms. The furniture is all piled up in the middle of the room for cleaning. I took these pictures during the school holidays. The door is open and the shutters closed - look how gloomy it is inside!

Even if we open a shutter, we don't totally solve the lighting problem. As part of the second stage of the building project we want to put glass in these windows - we'll then have four good rooms.

This shows you what we're trying to replace - one of the old rooms in the school. (For more pictures of these old rooms see second posting from Shyogwe).

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