School construction - complete school construction including 16 classrooms
Please note, that our low cost school construction will be carried out for test purposes. If you intend to donate for one standard school (16 classrooms, 1 admin block, 1 toilet block of 6 toilets - standard construction) you have to calculate around 112,000 - 120,000 € each (based on AUG 2012 figures). This is meant to be constructed in the Southern Region. Additional buildings (like a library) might then be built based on low cost method. Whether this offer includes other items like school furniture has to be looked at in detail when it comes to an agreement. Please contact us, if you intend to build or to donate. We will organize and evaluate the whole process.
Low cost school construction - 6,000 € for 2 Classrooms!
Our partner started to construct classrooms in an innovative way: they only cost around 6,000 € per 2 classrooms of 56m² each. With the new way of constructing classrooms the lack of buildings could be lowered if other organisations could follow and utilize their funds in a better way. the buildings are cool inside, have a nice finishing outside and look as good as others. Quality control: Engineers are happy with this type of construction, using cheap locally available material. Pics coming up - please also join us under EDGET BAANDNET in FACEBOOK.
Please contact us to see one new sample in Makibasa financed by Initiative Africa, and built by our partner Center of Concern, Awassa. New classrooms are coming up in Awassa this year.
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The new classrooms are occupied by students by now. We are happy that our trustful relation with our partner Center of Concern worked out again. Thank you!
News (08.04.2012): We took part in the official inauguration of the classroom extension in March 2012. Project finished.
School construction finished!
Project evaluation in June
Construction progress is on track! We expect this years project to be completed end of July. See picture:
New developments on school construction
The Japanese Embassy will support our application for another 8 classrooms in Makibasa. Start of construction not clear yet. We reported a shortage of classrooms. EDGET has successfully provided the Makibasa villagers with classrooms for 1,580 students so far! Our partner is in close dialogue with the people.A solar system to come this year in cooperation with Adama University and Engineers without Borders, Germany.
The Czech NGO "People in Need" expressed their wish to cooperate with our partner Center of Concern in Awassa in future school projects in the Southern Region. We had open and promising talks in Addis some weeks ago. First phase might be 2012 with another 8 - 12 classrooms. Location to be decided later this year. There was an evaluation, that EDGET can built schools at lower costs (30% less than other projects) through other ways of organizing the construction. We are ambitious to prove that low costs should at the same time mean high quality! Please contact our organisation in Awassa. As a small organisation based in Hamburg/Germany we aim at building low cost schools in close cooperation with community and school administration based on a solid network in the Region.
Short term aim: Project size 70,000 - 100,000 € per year - mid term objective: 210,000 - 300,000 € per year. Costs per standard classroom of 56 m² of approx. 6,000 - 7,000 €.
Progress is visible.
School construction has started.
ALABA High School ... construction will start in April 2011.
The contracts between EDGET (EBCC) and its partner organisation Center of Concern (CoC) has been signed. More important: according to our previous discussions CoC entered into specific agreements with our partners in Alaba. This contract serves as a sample for future projects and shows: School construction with a mutual understanding of all partners is possible at low costs. The key word is "sustainability" - this can only be achieved if all partners work together from the beginning.
Please click here to download the contract as a PDF file.
Fundraising successful! Kick Off for ALABA High School Extension will be approx. April 1, after signing all necessary contracts and obligations for all parties involved. EDGET supports projects, on condition that
- WOREDA supports by providing school furniture and teachers
- community is involved in the contruction process to some extend
- Maintenance will be guaranteed by all users.
We wish the Community good luck and good cooperation throughout the construction process and a wonderful experience with the support of Germans.
We hope for the future that other NGO´s will strengthen the collaboration with the ALABA Community as well.
We are positive on receiving the funds we need, IF all our applications flourish. We still hope to start construction in ALABA around March/April 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact us for contributions towards Alaba High School... it should be made possible!
School construction in Ethiopia costs approx. 100 €/m² or 1400 - 2100 Birr /m² depending on transport costs, quality standards and equipment. Our guidelines:
- Participation of community
- Maintenance of school buildings after completion - condition for further support.
- Participation and contribution by local school authorities
- Excellent headmaster performance for school extension application
In this regard we will consider ALABA High School /near Awassa as our next project after this years site visit, cost estimation: approx. 27,600 €. Co-Financing wanted. We have started with fundraising activities. Supervision as usual managed by Center of Concern, our Ethiopian partner. The project depends on the contract details which will be designed in due course. Project to be completed by the end of 2011.
Our experiences with school construction started in 2008, when we discovered the needs of Makibasa Village (near Awassa). Up to now we are in the process of "field study school construction". We have completed today (09th July 2010) a school for 1,400 children (700 still on the waiting list) for approx. 22,000 €. We experienced the traditional school building (clay, wood, cement) and standard school construction. We herewith wish to express, that schools being built by other organisations should integrate the experience we made. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ... provide us with better information - we remain to be learners. It is questionable how one could assist Ethiopia in a good way, if costs are sky-rocketing. Excellent and expensive school construction might serve as a pilote model for future school buildings (as a vision), but in general the objective should be to guarantee school access for each child! This emphasises the aspect of quantity! It seems to be impossible to construct schools at a cost of 250,000 - 470,000 € as it has been delivered by several (German and International) donors. Sorry, but this is a waste of resources.
Makibasa is situated on the outskirts of Awassa near the lake, and is difficult to reach with dirt road access only. It takes one hour to drive there in a four-wheel drive car. The area can only be described as remote: no shops, no restaurant, no hotel, no ordinary roads and until 2008 no school for children ... but it is beautifully situated. It takes the people five hours by donkey cart to get to the markets in Awassa. Makibasa Primary started its planning phase in 2008.
Donors tend to forget that in rural areas:
- it is more difficult to support projects that have no road access,
- it is difficult to evaluate projects of this kind regularly
But it is worth supporting wonderful people who are neglected by others!
Makibasa Primary School started operating in September 2008 through the support of EBCC Germany. It is designed to cater for 760 children who are taught in four classrooms in two shifts a day. Until now (Sept. 23, 2009) approx. €5,000 has been donated by EBCC. The costs could only be kept low because the community is fully involved in realizing the project. The project is still in process even though the School is already up and running. 2010 the extension was supported by 17,500 € and the whole school has now (2011) 1,588 students registered.
EBCC in its General Assembly allocated all in all approx. 17,000 € for the extension of the school. 2 more classrooms plus 1 room for administrative purposes will be constructed in 2010. Project start in due course. The colloaboration between EBCC, its partner organization in Awassa, the local community and the Woreda (school administration) has proofed to be reliable since 2008. That is why funds for a standard school building will allow the authorities to have 1,100 children being taught at the school later this year in 6 classrooms, lessons in 2 shifts a day. Project agreement has been signed already.
The final costs for constructing a school will then stand at approx. 22,000 € for 1.100 children (end of 2010).
As the children do not have access to drinkable water, adults do not have a chance to learn at night (no electricity) and a health station as part of the school does not exist ... EBCC is ready to plan for 2011 to assist the community in upgrading the schoolinfrastructure if all Ethiopian partners involved express this as a need.
1,000 € has been allocated towards necessary renovation work due to heavy rainfall. The funds were mainly spent for cement.
Construction started in April 2008 - 4 classrooms constructed in traditional way - 5,000 € - PIC from 2009
Agreement of Cooperation between EBCC Germany and Bureau of Education, Woreda Awassa
1. The cooperation between the BUREAU OF EDUCATION and EBCC is committed to poverty alleviation through helping to reduce the shortage of Primary Schools, improve the quality of services for children, and create an environment conducive for the creation of sustainable teaching learning processes.
2. The BUREAU OF EDUCATION and EBCC agree on an action plan that has been discussed with all parties concerned. Main obligations of the Bureau: Furniture and teachers/staff. All necessary changes will be produced and revised regularly in consensus between the two partner organizations.
3. The main objective is to assist the community to help themselves. Through this the two partners aim at sustainability of the community efforts. The good prospects the community made so far for the development of a new community school have been the driving force behind this Agreement.
Agreement of Cooperation between EBCC and the Community
1. The construction work will be assisted by the community.
2. The community makes clear that they “own” the process they started at an earlier stage.
3. Storage facilities will be provided and controlled by Zegeye Latamo (a community member).
4. All work that could be carried out by unskilled labour will be implemented by community
5. One experienced skilled construction worker will supervise and provide hands-on skills,
paid by EBCC according to the budget.
6. The community is aware of the rising prices during the construction process and will carry
out the construction with maximum effort to ensure delivery of the needed services in time.
Makibasa Primary in November 2008
Makibasa November 2009 - classroom for 760 students