What Happens After a School Is Built?

Building a school is easy, but to make sure that it runs well afterwards is much more challenging. Unfortunately, most NGOs that build schools, however, often neglect the essential post-implementation capacity building of teachers and principals because it requires a lot of time and human resources and therefore, is not a priority for them. This may sound absurd, however, it is much more attractive and also easier to raise funds for a school building than for teacher training and capacity building.

Child’s Dream has been and will always be different. As of end November 2017, we have built 244 schools and 69 boarding houses and we are still in touch with each one of these. In addition we evaluate every school and boarding house three times; after implementation, after 2 years and 5 years. Through our frequent visits we have the chance to give feedback and discuss ideas on how to improve the school’s education.

A few years ago, our Laos team started to geographically group our schools into clusters and systematically provided training to school principals and leading teachers. This has now evolved into a well-designed teacher capacity building programme over three years. In the first year, we conduct training to help the principal and teachers to design a school development plan. In the second year we select a model school from the cluster and facilitate a peer-to-peer learning experience on how to manage a school in a remote area with limited or no financial resources. In the third year we assist the principals and teachers to build a network and establish indicators and an evaluation system for their schools. The results are remarkable. Principals and teachers are more motivated, feel inspired and empowered and can lead their school into a promising future.

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