How It All Began
Our Milentash School Community
Milentash Primary School is located in Gbonko-Mayeami village in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone, West Africa.Milentash Primary School is here to serve the local children and support the local community of Gbonko-Mayeami village in the Port Loko District.
To compliment the governments effort in reducing the illiteracy rate in our country and ensure that all children, especially the girl child have access to education in every part of our country Sierra Leone, Over the past four decades, the global increase in women’s education has prevented more than 4 million child deaths. In Sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1.8 million children’s lives could have been saved in 2008 if all their mothers had at least a secondary education.
At Milentash school we had to gain an understanding of the local environments designing green cash crop landscapes, creating employment opportunities and raising environmental awareness.
EDUCATION = GENDER EQUALITY
We believe education empowers women and girls worldwide.
One additional school year can increase a woman’s earnings by 10% to 20%.
No education for girls = economic loss.
Some countries lose more than $1 billion USD a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.
We believe we can create a positive change in our community.
Our Milentash School Construction
We started at the beginning with the foundation of schools worldwide -the building. Our school building project started from limited resources locally and funds raised from volunteer’s monthly contributions.
We were able to start the construction of a 4 classroom block school building to safely and comfortably house our pupils and help teachers to provide educational and more structured lessons.
The initial main hope and target was to complete the first school construction before the rainy season began. The land donated by the local community was cleared and the school construction started using locally sourced materials- mud bricks and bush sticks. We are so grateful for the continued support and generousity from the local community and elders. We are excited to see how we can build and grow our school and contribution to this are of Sierra Leone.
School Classes before our new classrooms
Our pupils had lessons under the trees before the buildings were constructed. Our teachers had to teach the children on dry days in the open air and worked tirelessly to ensure all the pupils could see the blackboard and understand the lessons being taught. A challenge in this environment.
Our Community Elders
We are so grateful for the continued support and generousity from the local community and elders. We are excited to see how we can build and grow our school and contribution to this are of Sierra Leone.