“When the community owns the project Giving the community a say in how their schools are built seems to be the most sensible option, says Joseph Malinga”
21 September, 2009
This is the headline of a recent post on the Guardian Katine website, by Joseph Malinga, a Guardian journalist based in Katine.
I posted the following reply…
Could Joseph Malinga do a follow-up to this story explaining what the government (local and/or central) is doing to support community initiatives like this one? Joseph’s story describes what the community is contributing and what AMREF is providing but there does not seem to be any matching contribution from the government. The government appointed head teacher was there already. The only government contribution so far seem to be doubt, about whether the quality of the school building will be adequate. Yet government is supposed to be one of the partners in the Katine Partnership Project, and advocacy is reported to be an important part of AMREF’s development strategy. What contributions or commitments have AMREF secured from government, in return for the work AMREF is doing with these two community schools? For example, the provision of more government paid teachers. At present the community is paying the teachers salaries.
This is an issue I have raised in my review of the Mid-Term Review, at http://evaluatingkatine.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/a-process-review-of-the-katine-mtr.pdf