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Busore Primary

Busore Primary

Project Zawadi’s cooperation with Busore began in 2003 with the first cohort of five sponsored students. Over the years Busore has been an active partner with the Sponsorship Program. In 2003 Project Zawadi donors worked to raise money to construct a classroom at Busore by raising donations through house parties. In 2018, the school was in danger of closing due to the collapse of the student toilets.

Busore was already being considered for the Model Schools program and though the evaluation process wasn’t complete, with such an immediate need, Project Zawadi provided financial support for the construction of 12 toilets allowing the school to stay open. Once the evaluation process was completed, Busore was selected to participate in the first cohort of Model Schools and the strategic planning process began in earnest.

In the summer of 2018 when the Busore community created a Model School Task Force whose job it was to gathering input from stakeholders and guide the development of a five-year strategic plan. Through a series of meetings, the task force conducted a community inventory, identified strengths and needs, and began work on the strategic plan. Completed in early 2019, the strategic plan reflects the communities priorities for its school.

Location: Busore Village

Levels: Kindergarten - Standard 7

Number of Students: 610

Number of Teachers: 12 (2 more teachers needed to maintain required ratio of 1:45)

Number of Classrooms: 9 (5 more classrooms needed to accommodate the number of students)

Number of Student Toilets: 6 for girls and 6 for boys (an additional 12 student toilets are needed)

Number of Staff Toilets: 0

Number of Teacher Houses: 4 (2 of these  need refurbishments to bring them up to standards and an additional 5 teacher houses are needed)

Water source: gutters and two collection tanks

Electricity: No

Rank on Primary School Leaving Exam 2018 (Mara Region): 345/697 (50th percentile)

The Model Schools partnership at Busore is just getting started with Year 1 priorities:

In March, old blackboards were removed and replaced with functioning blackboards to improve student learning

Desks are being built and will be delivered to classrooms that need them in April

The community is currently creating speedbumps and installing signs to slow traffic in front of the school and increase safety

Busore classroom

Plans are in place to construct a new classroom at the school and address the shortage of water for drinking and handwashing at the school with temporary water tanks over the summer school break