Over 95% students from Baraki village do not make it to high schools due to poor quality of education that they receive from public schools. Parents, therefore, asked the sisters for a pre-school for their children, to prepare the kids before they started first grade. The Sisters responded to the parents’ request by opening St. Consolata Pre-School at Baraki, the main language of instruction being English. This was to help students with good foundation in the English language.
After they graduated and went to first grade in public schools, students from St. Consolata Pre School were at 3rd grade level. They could read, write, and speak English, but not their classmates. After seeing the quality of education at St. Consolata school, parents requested the sisters to open a primary school so that the kids would continue with their education at the same School.
With no resources to open and run a primary school, the sisters were reluctant for a while.
Students from St. Consolata got frustrated when they went to first grade in a public school, since they found almost no teaching there. Some of the kids would go back to their former pre-school, instead of going to the primary school. Parents wanted better education for their children, so they continued to beg the sisters to open a primary school. The need for education for the children and frustration from former pre-school kids, parents, and sisters who kept seeing their former pre-school students coming back, made it necessary to open a primary school in 2010.
A student chatting with kids from the village. An opportunity to talk about education. Asking questions such as “do you go to school, etc? is a way to plant seed for education.
Some orphans or children from parents who do not value education take care of livestock instead of going to school. Some go fishing or other activities as bread winners. Some of such kids show up themselves or with their friends and ask if they could be enrolled in school. If no one is available to pay their tuition, they stay in school without paying. Without keeping them in school, they would remain uneducated for the rest of their lives.
Needs for Future Development
• Water: Drilling a water well – no water at school
• Classrooms for 6th and 7th grade
• Dining room: Students eat on a classroom hallway
• Teachers’ houses
• Administration building
• Computer lab