BIRIR MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – YEAR TWO CLASSROOM
Birir is one of the three Kalash valleys and is the least spoiled and the least developed. There is a Middle School in central Birir but it caters mostly for boys. Their new building to replace the old one destroyed by fire is still under construction and there are only a few Kalash children in the primary section. The Kalash School at the other end of the valley is overfull. There is also no high school for either boys or girls. No family wishes for their off-spring to leave Birir and go to school in Chitral.
In Grubinasar, where I live, there is a community based school with three teachers which, initially, was helped by the Ahga Khan Education Programme and then latterly, the teachers were paid by the Greek volunteers. When they pulled out of Bumburet where they had concentrated their work, they also cut out the payment of the teachers’ salaries from community based schools. We have now filled the gap by taking responsibility for the salaries.
We have already built one school room large enough to seat 25 pupils. The room is now ready to take the first Girls for Middle School education. We already have 12 pupils booked in for further education. Now we need to build a second classroom for year two by the end of 2013 ideally. The detailed costings for this are given overleaf.
COSTING FOR SECOND CLASSROOM
|Item||Amount (Rs)||Amount (GBP)|
|Wood 700 sq.ft. x Rs. 250||175000|
|Carpenter 104 days x Rs. 700||72800|
|Mason 104 days x Rs. 700||72800|
|Unskilled labour (2 persons) 130 days x Rs. 350 x 2||91000|
|Wood transportation from the machine||10000|
|Nets for windows (jali)||12000|
|Nuts, bolts, nails, door knobs etc., hardware||10000|
|Gravel 15 trips x Rs. 1200||18000|
|Sand 4 trips x Rs. 2000||8000|
|Cement 20 bags x Rs. 530||10600|
|Transportation of cement||3000|
|Transportation of net||3000|
|Transportation of glass||3000|
|Misc inside and outside finishing||50000|
|Glass for windows||16000|
|Carpenter finishing 4 days x Rs. 700||2800|
|Electric connection, bulbs and wiring||7000|
|Driver @ 10000 for 9 months||90000|
|POL @10000 for 9 months||90000|
NOTE 1: Additionally a minimum of 12 desks and chairs will be required at a cost of £15 each. Two new computers will also be required costing £250 each.
NOTE 2: By the end of 2013 our very limited ‘school’ funds will be totally depleted. The ongoing teacher costs will be £2500 per annum. Unless the Government of Pakistan takes this on or we are able to raise these funds both Junior and Middle schools will have to close.