- · 100 students to a classroom with only teachers in each class
- · No electricity
- · Only one source of water at the whole school for washing and cooking
- · A library with hardly any bound books. Most books were made by older students to teach younger ones to read.
- · Students divided up into multi-age “families” so they can look out for each other when they have no family structure at home
- · Young girls and boys learning not just their colors and ABC’s, but singing songs about hygiene and reciting poems about how to protect themselves from pneumonia and malaria.
- · Hand-painted signs everywhere on the grounds assuring young girls their bodies are their own and reminding them about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and early sex
- · A headmistress who came up with an innovative program to have girls sell crafts to buy school supplies to keep them away from sexual predators who trade pencils and notebooks for sex with 11 and 12 year old girls.
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