A New School Brings Education Close to Home

the new village school

To receive an education, the children of the Basek community in Equatorial Guinea had to travel to a city sixty kilometers away. When the roads were passable, the trip took about an hour by bush taxi. But during the rainy season, muddy roads made travel impossible. As a result, children had to live in the city with extended family members, and the social lives of families and the community were disrupted. Basek leaders agreed that a local school was needed.

With the help of SIL staff involved in local language development, the community found several funding partners. The Basek community was then able to build a six-room schoolhouse in the village of Yengue. Now in its third year of operation, the school has twenty-six students in kindergarten through second grade. With the new school in their community, children are able to stay with their families, and the daily trip to school is only a short walk.  The Basek community hopes to soon add a multilingual education program so that children can learn in both Basek, their mother tongue, and Spanish, the national language.

Language development often includes many facets of community development. A project such as the Yengue village school shows how community involvement, networking and partnerships can transform a goal into a reality.