_The school SDN Gorontalo is located 6 miles east of West Manggarai Regency. Near Labuan Bajo. The children have to walk up to 2 km from home to school. The children walk to school, some on shoes or sandals, some barefoot. They wear a school uniform that their parents had to buy. The primary school is free, but there are additional costs that parents can not pay for. Because there is no well at the school, some children bring a jerrycan with water to the current, old toilet, to flush. Children play on the site in front of the school, which consists mainly of sand.
De current state of the school in Nanga Nae is below the level of education we've helped Gorontalo arrive at. Taking this into account, Nanga Nae is a good choice to be the second school to support. The building itself is in rough shape - the floors are partially cracked, and the paintwork needs a lot of attention. More specifically, the furniture like schooldesks urgently needs to be replaced, for the children often have to share a desk with more than the amount of children it was designed for due to a lack of desks. Another problem is the current state of playing materials,
_ In Gorontalo there are seven classrooms: one office and six schoolclasses. The school is built of stone with a tin roof and a cement floor. The children are sitting two by two at their tables and chairs. In each class is blackboard. There is one globe for the whole school.
Maintenance of the materials and additions is part of the program for each working visit. Because materials were purchased by Tolong Flores, there are now many more books and drawing materials. In addition, the teachers have (limited) access to the internet. Because the foundation bought playing-materials, they now can play football, tennis and play with hoolahoops. The classrooms,unfortunately, still are not in optimal condition. There are few pictures/decorations on the wall which would provide a pleasant environment for children. However, we note that the situation for the children at school has improved.
In May 2013, agreements have been made for the construction of a well at the school. We are pleased that we can tell you that this project has been completed.
Updates on the improvements to be made in Nanga Nae will follow shortly.