We are the Future School Project
The We Are the Future School Project – October 2021
The We Are The Future School Project saw CHEC join forces with Bread and Water for Africa UK (now Street Child) to provide financial support to implement positive changes to a school in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Prior to the start of the project, it was identified that the We Are The Future School was no longer fit for purpose with 235 students split across 9 classes with just 7 classrooms. WASH facilities were also inadequate and insufficient for the number of staff and students, meaning the school was not meeting the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Recognising that the existing facilities were detrimental to the lives, wellbeing and potential of students and staff at the We Are The Future School, the project looked to achieve the following objectives.
Reduce Classroom Overcrowding
To reduce the amount of overcrowding prevalent in existing classrooms to allow for safe social distance measures to be in place for teachers and pupils throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Improve School Facilities for Better Education and Health Best Practice
Improve school facilities in a way that encouraged the best education practices and improved the health of both staff and students.
The project successfully built and furnished 3 classrooms, 4 toilets and helped support students with an on-site meal programme. The latter of these was also extended to the local community and another nearby school – CAPE in Freetown.
The completion of the new rooms and facilities have enabled students and staff to have the space they need to learn without disruption while also improving their health simultaneously. It’s also been important in allowing members of the school to continue learning while maintaining social distance measures throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.