I visited Sabian 2 Primary School. Its on the edge of Dire Dawa in a former leper colony. It had 600 pupils and no loos or water tap. Over the last three years the new headteacher, pictured in he new library, has worked with Partners for Change and transformed the school., Partners for Change have constructed a new girls’ toilet and a boys loo is nearly finished, there’s now a water point (shown above with a boy drinking from it), a new library, swing and see-saw, and a TV in the kindergarten – where, I discovered, the favourite is Tom and Jerry. They have a smart uniform. The headteacher told me he prefers to employ young teachers fresh from college and he has re-arranged the classrooms so instead of being in rows desks face each other and children learn together in small groups of five of mixed ability. There’s disabled access throughout as he believes in including all children. There was a great atmosphere.
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