This school is located on the same campus as Gidan Waya Junior Secondary School, and adjacent to the Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Hospital.
Gidan Waya is the newest and fastest-growing school in the Kafanchan area. It has both a Nursery/Primary School as well as a Junior Secondary School, carrying students through their high school years.
Elaine Chagnon writes “I was able to spend valuable time with the teachers, which was just wonderful. They are so dedicated and hard-working. Some of the staff is comprised of teachers completing their "practicals" which is like our student teaching.”
On Wednesday, October 17, the medical outreach came to a close and the group traveled back to the Kaduna area. After a night of rest, Bishop Markus Dogo arrived to transport the Chagnons to Kafanchan. After a three-hour trip, the group arrived at the Bishop’s compound.
Kafanchan diocese supports seven schools – two secondary schools and five nursery/primary schools. The needs are great as can be evidenced in the photos below.
After meeting with Bishop Dogo and the school board, the construction and renovation projects were prioritized. A the top of the list was the rural Kogum River School, as the existing buildings are both in desperate need of renovation. An additional classroom block is also needed.
Gidan Waya Nursery/Primary School
Giday Waya Secondary School
We traveled from Kafanchan for about 20 minutes in order to reach Gidan Waya, home to Gidan Waya Nursery/Primary School and Gidan Waya Secondary School. This campus is the newest in the Kafanchan region; it was built in 2011 after local violence sent people scurrying for safety. When the violence passed, people were anxious about sending their children back to the Kafanchan school, even though they were not in harm’s way. At that time, a new school site was established far enough away to allay fears.
This site is the most impressive- all of the construction is in good shape. This is also the home of a newly constructed hospital on the other side of the campus. The hospital was dedicated in April of 2018 and is open to patients year round.
The only immediate project needed for this site is the completion of an exam hall for students to sit for their WAEC exams, similar to our college board (SAT) exams here. Bishop was able to secure a grant that covered half of the construction- the walls and roof are up- but the interior needs completion. The hall is massive and will hold up to 500 students- refer to the photo. It will take about $15,000 US to complete the build.