11-year old Felicidade Bernarda and 10-year old Domingas Gabriel still remember when their school environment was very different from what it is today. It has been more than three years since School 141, on a calm street of Luena, the capital of Moxico Province, Eastern Angola, became a Child Friendly School.
Most of the things Felicidade and Domingas are now fond of didn’t exist when they joined the school. Water to drink? Only if brought from home. Toilets? No – you had to find a concealed spot around the school surroundings. Facilities to wash hands? Not available. But things have changed since then.
Water and sanitation infrastructure are key components of the Child Friendly School approach, which seeks to ensure that children achieve their right to a safe, quality education. This includes not only increasing the quality of teaching and learning, but also improving the learning environment, improving children’s health outcomes, and encouraging family and community involvement to improve school management and educational outcomes.
It is no wonder that today Felicidade and Domingas are not shy of showing off their school to people. Will you join them for a visit?
The above photo opens the tour: Felicidade and Domingas garden and keep their green school space neat and tidy by watering plants twice a day. But do you hear that? The bell is ringing and school has started. Ready for class?