What happened to Jodeca? Over the last three years, the project has had to adapt to a number of challenges

that were essentially about self-financing.

We summarize the current state of affairs in terms of education, staffing and functioning.

Education

Since the school year 2015-2016, the project Jodeca is in two parts:

1. The center for academic upgrading and apprenticeship, as at the outset

The principle of the three levels of literacy that remains the same

Apprenticeship in the trades is now limited to pottery and farming. Other activities (sewing, hairdressing, joinery and weaving) are waiting for lack of financing and self-financing.

2. A regular primary and nursery school that has received Ministerial Launching Accreditation

One kindergarten class and four primary classes for the current year (2016-2017)

School Population 

Teaching Staff

One director, 8 teachers (1 per class, 3 for the catch-up and 5 for the regular school) and 2 instructors (pottery and agro-livestock)

Student Body

At the beginning of 2016-2017, the total number of pupils combined totaled 160.

Visit Juin 2016

More descriptive data will come in a future article.

Operation

Buildings and equipment

Classe de 1er MaternelleUn des jeux recusPotterie

The school catch-up channel keeps its 3 classrooms built at the beginning of the project.

The regular school benefits from 2 premises in semi-solid construction and 3 former "labs" arranged in classrooms. This situation is obviously temporary pending a financing solution.

New latrines have been under construction since September 2016 thanks to the donation received from the Hesper Kaffistaff Team from Luxembourg, through Dr Pia Mailliet (see the article on this subject)

A pottery workshop remains on site.

A small vegetable garden activity remains functional on the main site, but most of the agro-livestock facility has been moved to a more rural environment due to the availability of forage and space.

In 2015, a set of skill and strategy games were received from Luxembourg (through Mady Mailliet). They attract the attention and enthusiasm of the students during their spare time.

Finance

The project continues to benefit, as at the beginning, from one-off contributions from organizations and individuals.

Self-financing has proved difficult and has only worked in the fields of pottery and agriculture-livestock. Indeed, it is rather timid that the local trading system remains little open to local initiatives at the present time.

Faced with this challenge, financial survival had to rely on contributions from parents and guardians of students. The quarterly fees are still (half) lower than the amounts requested in other local schools, of course.

In this way, Jodeca has somehow managed to cover its running costs, which come mainly from punctual donations and the minerval.

Future prospects

The project envisages the sustainable development of the regular nursery school and primary school with the construction of classrooms.

As far as possible, the pending "labs" will be reactivated so that the apprenticeship of trades continues to retain its important place in the foundation of the project.

By Meni MUNDAMA, Project Advisor.