Welcome To The David School, Sierra Leone Website

As many of you will know, a tragic civil war took place in Sierra Leone between 1992 and 2002 which resulted in an estimated 50,000 people killed with many more seriously maimed and injured. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in the countryside to relative safety in the capital city of Freetown.

Unfortunately, and as a direct consequence, Freetown is now massively overcrowded with many people existing in squalid conditions. Today, Sierra Leone is the lowest ranked country on the United Nations’ Human Development Index, and seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index. Government policy is to encourage people to move back to the rural areas, such as the location of David’s school, 36 miles from Freetown and as such known as Mile 36.
During the Civil War, many communities were razed to the ground by the warring factions resulting in the complete absence of education in many areas, including at Mile 36. The availability of the David School will have a transformational impact on the community as a whole, providing both academic learning and practical skills training. The school is now also open in the evenings in order to enable the adult population to benefit as well as the children.

 

 

David’s Story

On a visit to Freetown in 2005, as part of a group working to extend a Fistula Clinic operated by Mercy Ships in an area known as Aberdeen, I became aware of the physical and emotional problems associated with life in this poverty-stricken and war-ravaged country.
At one point I was invited to go ‘up country’ to collect some equipment and it was at a farm that I saw an opportunity for a recently retired secondary head teacher to make a difference.
It is a fairly extensive, very primitive subsistence farm at a place only referred to as ‘the farm at mile 36’ in the Koya Chiefdom. There was no school, indeed no education for any of the 100+ youngsters living there; the nearest school was a good two hours’ walk away. In working with the tribal elders, they agreed to provide the land, and I was fortunate enough to meet a man named Abdullai Kallon – a well known local man with excellent references, who was willing to help.
It was always my intention that the school would provide high quality, free education for the community with no corporal punishment. The name David was chosen for the school by the Temne people.
On my return to the UK, it was decided to use family money to get the project started, and then to raise funds to see it through to completion. The fundraising has been supported by family, many friends, schools, Rotary Clubs and other organisations.
In addition to monetary funding, we have been shipping much needed equipment out to Sierra Leone, including collections of school uniforms, shoes, football kit, chalk and slates, school materials, desks and chairs, clothes, and sewing machines.
We now have almost 300 pupils and this ‘chance to learn’ could make a very significant difference to their lives and provide them with opportunities which we in this country take for granted.
There is still much to do and there are plans to educate adults and develop the farm to make it self sufficient.
I thank you all for your contributions and support.
David Wallwork.
The David School Trust.

Sponsor a Child

Fundraising

At the David School trust we try and think of as many ways as possible to bring value and continued development to the people of Mile 36 and The David School. At present, there are two main ways in which we do this: physical collection of goods donated which we tend to ship in bulk to Sierra Leone at set intervals throughout the year; and our newly launched Child Sponsorship programme.
The pages within this section will provide you with more information as required.

Child Sponsorship costs £5 per month payable by Standing Order
Please click here to downloadable the necessary forms.

Donations

Can also be made through the free online donation service (click on logo)

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Current Requirements

Continuing supplies of the following are needed, and any contributions will be gratefully received:
· Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
· Stationery & Writing equipment
· Soap
· White socks
· Shoes (with closed heels and toes), especially adult sizes as the children have large feet!
· School uniform (red and white gingham dresses, red polo shirts, grey shorts)
· Mens/boys plain white shirts for secondary pupils
We are also looking for classroom furniture for the two new classrooms, so any suggestions for sources would be welcome. As always, please contact us via this website if you feel you can help us in any way at all.

Thank you
The David School Trust.

Our Progress

Background

The David School Trust is a small UK based charity with very low administrative/ running costs, which aims, with its motto Education Changes Lives, to provide education and thus better life opportunities for children in Mile 36, Koya Chiefdom, Sierra Leone. This is a very rural area of the country, which had had no education prior to September 2008 when The David School Trust opened the first part of a primary school.
The Trust’s details, including Annual Trustee’s Reports and Accounts can be viewed via The Charity Commission website: www.charitycommission.gov.uk

Progress

In September 2008 the School opened, initially with 170 pupils, mostly aged 5 to 11 but some older as there had been no education provision previously. The name David was chosen for the school by the local community. In March 2010 a two classroom extension added, and in November 2011 Secondary School Phase 1 (three classrooms) was completed.

In September 2011 David arranged for UN World Food Programme to provide a daily meal for primary children. The school is very popular; the children and parents see it as a safe place to learn with no corporal punishment.

As several of the children completed the primary school curriculum and successfully passed the West Africa Primary School Certificate, they and the tribal elders asked David to build, equip and staff a secondary school. Phase one of the secondary school was added in November 2011 at a cost of £20,000.

In Spring 2014 a group of eighteen self-funded volunteers went to build the final section of the secondary school and to provide living accommodation for some of the staff. This was done with money raised in the UK including a grant of £10,000 from the Equitable Charitable Trust Foundation. The grand opening with much celebration took place on Thursday 3 April.

The land and buildings are all legally owned by the Trust.

The Trust works with a locally appointed School Management Board to deliver a curriculum on Sierra Leone published guidelines. Pupil numbers have risen to now over 300 between the ages of 5 and 16 years. There are 10 local teachers. The quality of the education has been acknowledged by Port Loko District Authority which is responsible for education in the whole area, and student teachers are now placed at the school.

Vision For the Future

2017 Onwards- Ten Things To Aim For

1. Build and open a new toilet/washing facility at the school. This will have toilets with the washing area fed from a new borehole directly into a header tank (picture finished building June 2018)

2. Refurbish the second of the original two buildings and replace timber as necessary.

3. Install a 1kW solar system to provide light in this building.

4. Explore training opportunities in the area for school leavers.

5. Continue to raise standards in learning, monitored through improved exam results.

6. Develop the new resource centre/library into a major learning area for the school and community. This will involve buying and installing storage and display fittings, audio visual equipment, computing facilities and a relevant security system.

7. Continue to ensure that clean water is available for our pupils in outlying villages by organising repair and maintenance programmes for the manual pumps.

8. Complete the programme of fitting ceramic tiles to classroom floors which are currently concrete. This will allow them to be mopped, greatly reducing dust pollution.

9. Expand and develop the expectations of community members, particularly the women, by providing education and guidance.

10. Arrange a regular clinic in school provided by local medical practitioners. This will provide free treatment and advice for pupils but with small charges to others.

These major developments will require substantial funding with the majority expected through Rotary Grants in the UK and Norway.
The charity is also constantly raising money to meet the annual running costs of the school, currently around £15,000 per annum. Much of this comes from pupil sponsorship which has increased encouragingly since 2013-14 and discussion continues with the Ministry in Freetown about the provision of some financial aid for the school.