Since October, 2012 children from six villages surrounding the community of Kobian, Guinea have been attending L’École Bountouraby Sylla! Fundraising to date has contributed to building the school, adding classrooms and funding the teachers’ salaries; now Matoto is focused on a sustainability strategy for supporting children to attend school, teaching resources, and adding classrooms and teachers to a secondary school. Learn how you can donate
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Matoto interviews Alya Gigla Sylla, founder of Ballet Saâmato and Matoto’s key partner in Kobian, Guinea.
Matoto: How many students will the school in Kobian eventually be able to welcome?
Alya Gigla Sylla: 276 in 4 classes
Matoto: How old will the students be?
Alya Gigla Sylla: 6 and 7 (kindergarten)
Matoto: In which fields are more graduates needed?
Alya Gigla Sylla: Electrician, mechanic, doctor, schoolteacher, professor, nurse
Matoto: What does life in Kobian depend on today?
Alya Gigla Sylla: Subsistence agriculture (rice, cassava, sweet potato, honey, poultry, yam, peanut, mango)
Matoto: What progress does the village want to make in the coming years?
Alya Gigla Sylla: Build a youth centre, drinking water for the children of the village, public transit
First Year-End Celebrations
A successful first year for the Kobian school – Ecole Communautaire Bountouraby Sylla! Celebrations included circus games, a soccer tournament, and performances by the newly formed school dance troup and other local performers.
School Opening: October 5 2012. For the first time ever children in Kobian, Guinea are attending school in their small village! The school building is built, and the community has come together with the leadership of our partner on the ground, Allya Gigla Silla, to begin classes. Please have a look at the most recent photos of the school to see just how your contributions have helped to create this historic event. Fundraising to date has contributed to building the school; now Matoto is focused on a sustainability strategy for supporting children to attend, for teachers, and for resources and food programs. Learn how you can donate
Inauguration of the school – Ecole Communautaire Bountouraby Sylla
The school and the building thereof is being entirely administered from within Guinea, and they villagers are the full decision makers. Our only “two cents” is that included in the curriculum, there be elements of traditional Arts and some instruction taking place in traditional languages (not only French). Also, both boys and girls will have equal opportunities to attend.