IOGT Guinea-Bissau, with the support of FORUT in Germany and IOGT Switzerland, is starting to build another school.
After the site has been successfully cleaned, and the building blocs for the school were made, it is now time to buy cement so that the construction process can enter its next stage.
IOGT operates three schools (in Bissau, Safim and Bantanjan) and two kindergartens (in Bissau and Bafatá) already and is now building another school in Safim, in order to provide more opportunities for eduction to more children.
The Republic of Guinea-Bissau’s Human Development Index is one of the lowest on earth. More than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line. A long period of political instability has resulted in depressed economic activity, deteriorating social conditions, and increased macroeconomic imbalances.
Education in Guinea-Bissau is compulsory from the age of 7 to 13. In 1998, the gross primary enrollment rate was 53.5%, with higher enrollment ratio for males (67.7%) compared with females (40%). In 2011 the literacy rate in Guinea-Bissau was estimated at 55.3% (68.9% male, and 42.1% female).
Sustainable development is only possible with education, education for empowerment, health and wellbeing, life skills and freedom – that’s what the IOGT schools stand for.