what’s the difference
Classrooms facilitate learning
It is estimated that 4 million Angolan children have no opportunity for education – some “of the fortunate” school under trees, carrying their own chair, stool or can to sit on. Without a building, children learn in the hot sun, and if there is rain, cold or wind, there is no class. A school changes that and once a RISE school is complete, the Ministry of Education provides desks and chalkboards. Classrooms facilitate learning – students are more engaged, able to concentrate and serious about their studies.
Did you know?
- Children often walk 30 – 90 minutes to get to school
- Many carry their own chair, stool or can to sit on
- Children go to school in 3 or 4 hour shifts
- There are 35 – 50 students per classroom, per shift
- Kids carry water and work in family fields to help
Committed teachers impact lives
Once a RISE school is built, the Ministry of Education hires and pays the teachers, as well as sets the curriculum. The teachers are ready to begin as soon as the school is dedicated. There are many challenges, with limited training, no additional books or resources, complexity with housing and transport depending on where they are placed, student and teacher absenteeism, and yet a committed teacher can have a huge impact in the lives of the children who now have a chance to go to school because of RISE’s involvement.