Guinea-Bissau, a nation located on the coast of West Africa, has
approximately 1.38 million inhabitants with an area of 36.125
square kilometers and is one of the poorest countries in the world
in economic terms. The Guinea-Bissau was a Portuguese colony until
1974, the year he became independent after a war of liberation.
of the population lives as farmers, integrated self-subsistence
economy. Fences 3,600 tabancas (villages) in the country lack
any kind of comfort, health conditions are highly precarious.
The contrasts between country and city are very marked. In 2530
the tabancas there is only one primary school.
focus on development of the system of education after independence,
was not substantiated and there was no economic growth and the
education sector, like other sectors of society, became so extremely
dependent on external funding through cooperative programs and
credit. Of the state budget, the education sector during the period
1978-88 received 14-17% of the total then it decreased to approximately
10% (10.4% in 1995).
Another sign of the increasingly weak position of the education
sector in resource distribution is that the percentage of 24%
of GDP in 1984, declining to 0.9% in 1993 from 94% of the sector
budget that was allocated to teachers' salaries and staff administrative
(1993). The scarce resources available to the sector are therefore
used in a very inefficient.
the official education system, starts today an emerging flora
of alternative schools run by religious communities or individuals,
on this basis to reduce the shortages experienced in the country,
the project and Mercy Rescue, among its various activities, decided
to create two centers alluded to herein whose targets are aimed
at promoting literacy as a way to eradicate missinformation that
many of these targets are deleted.
These schools are highly disadvantaged children, mostly children
of low-income farmers, and some of these children still live trauma
caused by tragic moment, brought on by the war last
Orphans, almost his entire family dead.
control of tropical diseases such as malaria and others, who predominate
in this region, has been one of our biggest challenges daily,
our students highly exposed to the disease, in some cases they
even die from lack of care and monitoring.
Malnutrition is also a factor affecting the children of these
schools, given the severity of symptoms arriving students to faint
in the middle class.
The greatest difficulty that we have encountered lately is the
lack of school equipment (driver and chairs, mostly) the lack
of educational materials (books, notebooks, pens, pencils, eraser,
crayons and etc..), Water pipes drinking, office equipment (computers,
printers, photocopiers, etc.). lack of school equipment (driver
and chairs, mostly) This problem has greatly hampered the functioning
of schools, have even resorted to help children who own it stands
ready to bring their own stools, knowing however that quite a
sacrifice, since sometimes get quite where school children have
to walk under sun and rain.
project have no resources to provide basic nourishment needed,
whether students or teachers, a fact that makes the job of either
one or other extremely hard. There are 600 students 18 teachers
six cooperating cleaning, secretarial, Guard.