Updates for Laelay Weste Grade 1-4 Primary School
From Dass to Class and Beyond
After years of learning in a 'dass' open-air school, 18 months ago the student of Laelay Weste Grade 1-4 Primary School received the school they deserved: a school filled with furniture, books, imagination and hope! The school you built has provided an environment that is truly conducive to learning and the Laelay Weste community couldn't be happier or more thankful. We are excited to share with you the stories that have unfolded over the past six months.
Happy Birthday Laelay Weste!
Happy Birthday to you, Laelay Weste! It's been a remarkable year for the little community that could. Transformation has come to the Laelay Weste community through their Grade 1-4 school. Today, one year after the school opened, the community is supporting the school along the road to sustainability. We're excited to share new stories and updates from the Laelay Weste Grade 1-4 Primary School.
LAELAY WESTE'S LANDMARK YEAR
It has been a landmark year for the Laelay Weste community. In under one year, the community has seen their tiny dass open-air school of rock transformed into a comfortable, well-equipped, four-room school building. The process of constructing the school has taken the community on a journey of discovery. Students, teachers and community members have discovered the endless possibilities for Laelay Weste and are starting to dream big.
LAELAY WESTE PRIMARY SCHOOL IS OPEN!
Nestled high up in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, surrounded by rich crops of tef (a type of cereal grain used for food) and prickly cacti, the brand new Laelay Weste Grade 1-4 Community School is up and running. With the smell of fresh paint still lingering in the air, students are hard at work learning and growing inside the walls of their brand new school; a new sign of hope and transformation in this remote community.
ALREADY THE CENTRE OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Even before the walls of Laelay Weste were erected, the school-in-progress had already become the central meeting place for the villagers, accommodating community meetings and ceremonial gatherings. On one occasion, imagine1day staff witnessed an assembly wherein school staff and community laborers alike were discussing the importance of producing the highest quality school possible for their children.
AND THE WINNING BID IS...
A whopping 26 contractors responded to our bid announcement for the Laelay Weste project. Only half of those however, had experience building primary schools. After five finalists were chosen, the competition became very stiff, and what started as an early afternoon deliberation turned into a late evening of rigorous analysis. The bid winner would have to have not only the prerequisite experience, but also a fair price without compromising quality-and above all, a genuine dedication to improving the lives of those whom their workmanship would touch.
A ROAD DESTINED FOR GREATNESS
The people of Laelay Weste know that a new primary school, latrine, and water point will not simply walk up over the mountain from the main highway to their remote village. Instead of resting on laurels, they are facilitating the future route for heavy construction vehicles and drilling machinery by clearing a road themselves. Over the span of four days, the entire community was able to clear half of the 6km rocky mountain road, one boulder at a time.