Kontonho is a satellite community of Aframano, with about 170 people, about two hours walk from that village. Ordinary cars can’t drive there, because it’s a “hand-made” road with a very uneven surface and lots of obstacles; you either go on a motorbike, or on a high-axle vehicle with big wheels, like a delivery truck. Kwasi Alare first took us there in 2022, and we went again in 2023.
The community has made an informal school, pictured, so that young children incapable of making the two-hour walk can get some education. Making a proper building staffed by teachers will be support the delivery of education for local children.
Teachers can’t commute to Kontonho, because it is too remote. Aframano is already very remote, and Kontonho is two hours by foot from there. Teachers can go by motor bike, but it is still too far to commute daily. To attract teachers, we will build three small rooms that can each accommodate two teachers who stay overnight during the week. Our planned borehole project will ensure that teachers can access clean water, and will also help assure that teachers will want to teach at the school.
This project is about 50% more expensive than the school and teacher accommodation in Aframano. The school in Aframano has two classrooms with two offices, while the school in Kontonho will have three classrooms, two offices, and three bedrooms for teacher accommodation. Also, the teacher accommodation in Aframano consisted of building refurbishment, whereas here we will build from scratch.
Kontonho can be accessed only via a “hand-made” road with a very uneven surface and lots of obstacles. Normal cars can’t drive there. High-axle vehicle with big wheels, like delivery trucks, can get there with some difficulty. The community will spend some days cutting branches and removing bushes to widen the road, so that the large trucks can get access. But still, builders will charge more in Kontonho compared to Aframano, because of delivery and accessibility issues.
Inflation is another factor.
As in the case of the school in Aframano, we will make sure we adhere to the Department of Education’s construction standards, so that they will adopt the building and staff it and run it.