MARCH 23, 2019

The Bokoi-Koiria school construction and operational support project:

Caravan to Class will build our 14th school in the village of Bokoi-Koiria and provide operational support for three years. Operational support will include paying teachers’ salaries, providing basic nutrition for school lunches, and school supplies. In addition, Caravan to Class will provide school uniforms to all children and also implement our award-winning Female Adult Literacy program. The school will follow Malian standard instruction in French. The Timbuktu Ministry of Education will send a director, at their expense, to run the school and certify teachers for class instruction.

The project is a rehabilitation project, as the current school, built in 2005, is badly in need of repair. When finished, the school itself will be a 3-classroom school made of cement. The village will provide voluntary unskilled labor and construction will be managed by a certified contractor with whom Caravan to Class has been working since 2010. The school will be equipped with metal doors and windows, chalkboards, desks and chairs. The cost, including operational support, is $32,177 and will be completed by January of 2020.

The village of Bokoi-Koiria:

The village is situated about six kilometers from Danga which is the main village of the region. Bokoi-Koiria's population is relatively large, around 1,300, and comprised of three main ethnicities; Songhai, Tamasheq, and Bozo. The principal activity of the village is agriculture (mostly rice and onions) and goat-herding. Bokoi-Koiria is unique in being a village that already has a school (most of the villages where Caravan to Class builds schools normally have no school). Thus, the village has already demonstrated its commitment to education with over 150 students attending school. However, the school is heavily degraded and needs significant rehabilitation.

Please consider making a donation today to Caravan to Class to help fund the Bokoi-Koiria school construction project.