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Bidera is finish

Construccion of 4 classroms, 2 bedrooms, library, additional rooms and a manual pump

Bidera is a small village of approximately 2280 inhabitants, placed in Gulomakeda's region. This region, frontier with Eritrea, suffered specially the consequences of the war between Ethiopians and Eritreos. Bidera is 12 km northwest to Mesaber's. (The administrative capital of Mesaber's municipal area) and 39 kms from Adigrat. A track communicates the village with other places.

PROBLEMS

- Education: lack of an qualified educational center (and its associated services) in Bidera: Bidera's school is located in a very steep area. By means of the free contribution of all its inhabitants, they built two classrooms in 2004 to 1st and 2nd grades. In 2005 the community realized thet the place weas not suitable for the construction of any more classrooms and besides the already exixting were too small. They decided then to start building a new school with 5 classrooms a 1km away from the two first. After working on this project for a year they didn’t have any money left to go on so the school was never finished. The government could not help them this time ( it had made it with the first one), and up to today, they had not managed to get the necessary money.

- Lack of "reading room": Most of the population lives in huts that have not the necessary equipment so that children could continue adequately with the knowledge acquired in the school. The using of this "reading room" produces better academic results, since they facilitate the correct accomplishment of the homework set by teachers

-Lack of "pedagogical centres" ," staff room"and “handcrafts room”. In the staff the teachers will be able to evaluate and prepare their classes, etc. The education in the rural zones Ethiopians sets special emphasis in the field of the handcrafts. For this reason the new schools builtby the government all have a room for this end.

- Lack of store: It is important that a school has a place where to store the necessary material for the right development of the lesson (educational material, equipment, etc.).

- Absence of " teachers’ lodgings": the local inhabitants are mainly illiterate and therefore there is none entitled to give the elementary education. For this reason the government sends teachers from other settlements. The teachers who work there, come from villages that are to 50 kms. Away so they night lodgings to stay the night during school days.

- Lack of suitable equipment for the correct follow-up of the classes (total absence of desks and chairs: they sit down on stones).

- Access to water: in Bidera, there is a lack in the access to drinkable water and people must walk hours to gather it from wells, with the great loss of time and the weariness that it implies.

SOLUTIONS

Education:

After several meetings Bidera's community and together with the ADCS (local counterpart), it was decided:

- To build 4 new classrooms to teach from 1st to 4 th of primary education.

- To increase the infrastructure of support of the educational center by means of the reconstruction of the already existing building of:

- Two bedrooms for teachers.

- A Staff room

- A headmaster office

- A reading room

To equip four new classes and the new educational infrastructure with seats made of iron and wood that are lighter, making it easily to remove them, to clean the classrooms more esaily, contributing directly to the improvement of the hygiene of the school.

Access to the water:

Installation of some water collectors in the roofs of the school to increase the access to water.

BENEFICIARIES

Direct beneficiaries: approximately 210 students / year and 1.200 inhabitants with a substantial improvement in the access to drinkable water.

Indirect beneficiaries: 800 inhabitants of Bidera and surroundings.

FINANCING

Bidera's community, Local Government, Regional Government (Gulomakeda's Education Scullery), ADCS, Roviralta, Nature and ANM.