In Grafton, a small town on the west coast of Sierra Leone, about 200 boys and girls now have a great opportunity to escape poverty through education. The school here, like the other nine ZF-sponsored schools, is run by the private organization “Rising Academy Network”.
The school building in Graften is built according to the principle of low cost: simple yet functional. The school consists of eleven containers, ten of which serve as classrooms and one of which is used by the school's principal Florence Selima Kpakima as an administrative office. The containers are set up to form a square, with the inside area serving as a schoolyard with a striking centerpiece: the “Tree of Wisdom”. The students stand in front of this tree every morning before their lessons begin and start the school day with an assembly which consists of singing the national anthem and reciting a prayer together.
Here in Grafton, 15 teachers teach the children and adolescents reading, writing, arithmetic and science. The language of instruction is English. The cooperation between “ZF hilft.” and Rising Academy came about through the “YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need,” an initiative of UNESCO Special Ambassador, Dr. honoris causa Ute-Henriette Ohoven. For principal Florence Selima Kpakima, it was a stroke of luck. Through the “we>move” reporters, she expressed her thanks to all ZF employees: “You, the donors, are true heroes, because you enable important changes to be made in the lives of young people.”