The Alliance knows that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. In the rural region of Ouelessebougou, villagers face challenges of providing adequate instructional space for effective teaching to take place. The Alliance partners with 12 village schools to provide sufficient school facilities and materials to ensure a quality learning environment. Projects are based on the need of each school and have included providing latrines, hand-washing stations and solar panels.
Nearly 70 classrooms have been constructed since 1994. Many of our older schools are made of mud bricks. Because of Mali’s harsh rainy season, the mud bricks deteriorate over time. In the past five years, the Alliance has constructed over 20 new concrete classrooms, which last longer than mud brick structures. The Alliance has a 5 year plan for construction so each school will have adequate cement classrooms. With this goal, villages can become eligible to have their education programs sustained by the government of Mali.
The Alliance’s goal is for every student to have access to the resources they need for a successful education experience. Working with the Education Councils, the Alliance provides school supplies and bench desks for 12 village elementary schools. A bench desk seats 4 students and in some areas, they are filled to capacity. Some students must also share school supplies which include pencils, paper, chalk boards, chalk, erasers, maps and textbooks. The supplies are not limited to the students. The Alliance also provides teaching supplies, bench desks and other materials for the teachers.