Almost 200 children in the Regency of Aceh, in Indonesia, now have a safe, comfortable learning environment. Charity organisation, World Vision, recently handed over a new school and kindergarten to local officials. Three years ago, the tsunami and earthquake completely destroyed the old buildings, leaving only their foundations as reminders.
‘This new school is really beautiful and I like the view and the classroom. The floor is tiled which we never had before. I’m so happy and I can’t wait to study in this classroom tomorrow morning!’ said eight-year-old Safriani, as her friends squealed in delighted agreement.
World Vision constructed six classrooms, a staff room and modern toilet facilities with disabled access for 108 primary students. The smart new kindergarten has two classrooms, toilets and a staff room. The principal recently initiated a community education campaign to encourage parents to send their children along and is overwhelmed by the success ñ 75 children have already enrolled.
World Vision raised funds for the buildings, furniture, learning materials and playground equipment. In addition, the organisation has provided 22,400 Acehnese children from 171 schools with stationery, furniture, uniforms and textbooks. They have also trained more than 500 teachers as part of an ongoing education programme.
‘Many children were traumatised by the tsunami,’ said Harnanunsa Emma Mutya, the kindergarten’s principal, “but at this kindergarten they are able to share and study together again.”
Schoolgirls in front of their new classroom during the handover ceremony.
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