In 2017, Project Zawadi underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process, the result of which was an intensified focus on improving the quality of education not just for sponsored students, but for all students at partner schools. This focus on improved quality was the spark for the Model Schools program. Model Schools will bring together community and Project Zawadi strengths and resources to improve the educational experience for students and teachers.
Still early in the planning phase, six schools that have been long-term partners with Project Zawadi were recruited to kick off the Model Schools program. These schools (four primary and two secondary) will phase into the program over the next five years.
Project Zawadi will be cooperating closely with these local schools and communities to first determine what is envisioned as a model school for the community. Once the vision is defined, then we will pool our knowledge, resources, personnel, and energy to work towards creating it.
The community inventory and vision development process was completed at the first two sites in fall 2018. The communities are currently working on an implementation strategy to address their prioritized needs and together we are highlighting key areas for Project Zawadi cooperation.
The specifics of each Model School plan are unique to the community it serves. Initial feedback from the process indicates that implementation plans will incorporate aspects of the following:
- On-going professional development for school teachers and administration
- Infrastructure projects to meet the needs of the student body, teachers, and staff for facilities and basic services such as water, sanitation, classrooms, teacher housing, and electricity.
- Additional academic support for students, especially in the areas of math, science, and English
- Academic, career, and life skills counseling, mentoring, and support for students
- Girls empowerment
- Teaching and learning materials for teachers and students
Implementation of the plans will begin in 2019 and the remaining four schools will be cycled through the planning and implementation for their schools and communities in an iterative process over the course of the next five years.