Merawi Primary School
Merawi Primary School was opened in 1950 with 35 students; the school now has 2,395 students, including 21 children with special educational needs. To cope with the rapidly growing student population, parents had to build classrooms from cheap and locally available materials. As a result, students are learning in falling down classrooms and in classes with an average of 67 students. Because of lack of in-service and poor pre-service training, teachers largely employ teacher-centered methods, and students’ achievement in standardized tests has been very poor. Merawi is another 2019 project of FGCF being implemented in partnership with the Merawi community and Bahir Dar University.
The construction of 24 new classrooms, an admin block with a teacher resource centre, offices and IT room, a library and science laboratory is going well and will be completed before the beginning of the new academic year in Sept. 2019.
Live fencing and educational gardening works will start at the end of June/beginning of July, involving students, parents and experts from the local agricultural office. Teacher training and follow up will start in September 2019.