Biloya 2nd Cycle School
Biloya 2nd Cycle School, Kochore, Ethiopia
During a visit to Kochore in 2013 our Country Director, Mesay Kassaye found Biloya Primary School to be in a very poor condition with cramped classrooms, leaking roofs, inadequate furniture and next to no text and reference books at all. Classrooms of 110 children were not unusual and teachers were having to share learning materials.
The Costa Foundation has built new facilities and upgraded some of the existing infrastructure to provide new and high standard classrooms, and a library and admin block. Now there are 600 children from 7 feeder schools being educated in decent surroundings supported by 17 teachers and staff.
Kochore is part of the Gede'o Zone with a population of 155,251 of which 89% are rural dwellers who rely solely on agriculture for their existence. In this area 90% of the students finished their education after primary school because of the lack of facilities, with the nearest high school being 29km away.
Having revisited this location to celebrate the school opening in October 2014 it was wonderful to see what a fantastic improvement this investment has made to this school.
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