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Support to the primary school in Alemtena 2016

The Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit had been running a school for grades 1-4 in Alem Tena, Ethiopia until the year 2014. Having finished the fourth grade, the children had  to change their school into a state one, which offered a much lower level of education, or a private one, which could not have been afforded by parents. Upon the request of the residents, they decided to expand the activity of the school and introduce grades 5-8. In 2015, the first 5th grade commenced its education. Expanding the activities of the school was possible only due to the support provided by the Polish Aid programme. During the previous projects, they were able, among others, to create a reading room, a computer room, co-finance the construction of a second building and purchase equipment. Due to regular power outages, both classes in the computer room and work in the office rooms are interrupted. The Mission has a generator, but the cost of fuel is tremendously high. Moreover, the generated electricity is more needed in the clinic located in the territory of the Mission.

Alem Tena is a small town with really dry and warm climate. The temperatures during the day, especially in the evening, expose computers to the risk of overheating and impede students’ concentration. The building has big windows which require the installation of blinds or shades. There is a natural light in the classrooms thanks to those windows, but in the evening it makes students gather in rows next to the wall.

Support to the primary school in Alemtena 2016

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 15 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Addis Ababa and its local partner, the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. Its objective is to support the education system by ensuring that it is possible to conduct regular computer classes and other lessons in favourable conditions.

As part of the project, photovoltaic panels will be installed, which will produce energy for the purposes of carrying out classes and work at school in an environmentally-friendly manner. The suggested number of panels should allow for an uninterrupted energy delivery for 6 hours every day. The panels will be installed on the school building roof, so that there would be no risk of damage made by children while playing. Moreover, blinds or shades will also be installed. The appropriations were entered in the budget to cover the purchase of aluminium ladders, which would be used for any repairs or cleaning of the shades/blinds.

The 15,000 local community of Alem Tena will be the main beneficiary of the project. The beneficiaries will also include the school students (currently, a total of 270 students) and the teachers.

Support to the primary school in Alemtena 2016

The project was implemented from 8 August to 15 December 2016. It provided for the purchase of solar panels which were installed on the building neighbouring the school - since that building was lower, it was easier to install the panels and clean them in the future. Since the panels were installed, the computer classes have not been interrupted. The generated energy is also sufficient to satisfy the school offices' energy needs. Blinds were purchased and installed in all school rooms, which helped decrease temperature in classes. Moreover, the savings were used to purchase a metal construction, which can be used daily to clean the panels and renovate the school building. In accordance with the content of the project application, conducting regular computer classes is now possible and lessons are conducted in proper conditions.

The value of the project amounted to PLN 105,000 (24,715 American dollars) and was fully covered by the Polish Aid's funds. For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.2329.