2008 Christmas Book Drive
- Ngondzen, a village with a population 4,300 people, has 1,100 children of school attending age (4-12 years). The rapid decline in commercial activities in the village has resulted in 41% of children not attending school and approximately 98% of students are unable to afford basic text books. From 1999 to present, St. John the Baptist Primary and Nursery school Ngondzen has been faced with a constant increase in its school dropout rate of 41%.
- This means out of 40 boys and 35 girls who were admitted in class I in 1999/2000 academic year, 23 boys and 23 girls reached class VI in 2005/2006. The school currently has a population of 251 pupils with a staff of 8 teachers. Catholic schools are the only available schools within walking distance from the villagers. The nearest government institution is about 6 km from Ngondzen.
- Ngondzen Book initiative Cost Analysis
- For Total Cost USD 868.46 we provided 251 students at FCFA 1,500.00 ~ $3.46 per book
- Teachers will sign off on every book they collect at the Headmasters office
- The books will be handed to students at the beginning of every class and returned to teacher at the end of the class.
- Teachers will return the books to a bookshelf in the Headmasters office at the end of the school period
- Headmaster will sign off on every book returned
- In need to take book home, students will sign off on every book they collect for a period of 12 hours
The 251 Textbooks to enabled pupils to be able to:
- Read by reading more
- Gain the ability to improve on their writing skills and strategy use
- Build fluency
- Enlarge vocabulary