Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.
Ecole Privee Youchaou strongly believes that education is the key to development. To do so we need to promote quality teaching and quality education; and involve all the children no matter what their social status is. To achieve this it is essential to provide teachers with innovative and participatory teaching techniques and improve school curricula
What makes your idea unique?
The ongoing training of teachers, regular staff meetings, outreach monitoring and evaluation of teachers and their lessson plans,the implementation of participatory and innovative teaching techniques, the sponsorship program; and the immersion, etc make my idea unique.
What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)
At risk youth
, Behavioral issues
, Child protection
, Girls' development
, Youth development
, Community development
, Income generation
, Social Enterprise
, Gender equity
, Vulnerable populations
What impact have you had?
Whereas most students cannot read, write or speak French properly from grades 1 to 6, all my students can read, write and speak French even in grade 1.
Moreover, my school has been selected in both to participate in both editions of the GLL Dictation competition organised every year by the Canadian Embassy because of its performance.
Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.
When this school opened its doors in Kalabankoro-Nerekoro in October 2000, there were almost no other schools around in the community. People wanted to send their children to school but there was no way of educating them. Moreover, only few parents could afford sending their kids to the nearest public school (3 km) which had 100 to 120 students in the same classroom. Most people living in the area at that time were daily workers, watchmen, street vendors, mason aids, housewives, etc. living with $ 2 a day. I remember my students of grade 3 could not read or write their names. Thus, my first objective was to raise students’ reading and writing ability, improve the overall level of education and give a chance to poor households to send their children to the best school in their community.
Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.
To make our project successful, we need to be more committed and stick to the items which made us make the difference i.e the staff meetings, teacher training, immersion at school, limited class size, the use of ITCs and ongoing coaching of staff.