68. Improving of scolastic results and fighting malaria in schools
Improving the learning standard in 4 schools of the Bateke plateau (East of Kinshasa). Teachers come from the training center of DNS Mbankana managed by HPP. The investments comprise the creation of the school gardens in each school with adapted pedagogic training.
Duration : 12 mois
Promotor : Humana People to People (HPP-Congo)
Beneficiaries : 600 young pupils, 24 school staff & 300 poor rural families
Total budget : 29 154 €
Outside Financing requested : 20 521 €
Cost/Direct beneficiary : 46,7 €
Plants include highly nutritious annual and tree plants, including Moringa and medicinal plants like Artemisia annua known for its effectiveness against malaria and other infectious tropical diseases.
The project comprises training of the teachers, extensive knowledge sharing with students and families to accelerate extension of the knowledge about the usefulness of the plants into the local communities; advocacy with the authorities to convince them to extend gardens to all schools of the country. Medical tests will be conducted on pupils and teachers before and after the project to measure project impact.
600 pupils of primary schools will see their cognitive capacity improved by a better nutritional level and protection against infectious diseases. One knows, for instance, that deworming in school is one of the most efficient ways to reduce drop out rates in the last years of primary schooling.
Education quality will rise spectacularly if one goes by the results obtained by a similar project in Kenya and recent reports by the World Bank and Global Partnership for Education that demonstrate the radical impact on school results once health is improved in school.
School absenteeism will drop significantly by the preventive use of medical plants. Pedagogy will also be improved because teaching of some branches will receive practical support in the gardens.
Medical costs of the families will drop considerably: hence the project will contribute to poverty alleviation in the area.
Finally, school “acceptability”(1) will be reinforced in the communities.
The project is sustainable in so far that production from the gardens will be consumed partly by students and teachers, but also partly sold to cover school expenses.
(1) One of the 4 United Nations’ criteria of the performance of national educaiton systems : Availability which measures physicial availability of infrastructure and personnel ; Accessibility, which measures the broadness of access ; Acceptabiltiy, which measures the degre by which the teachings meet local needs ; and, Adaptability, which indicates the evolution of the system.