Project information

Food for Learning

Good nutrition underpins quality education and long term health. This project supports access to, and quality of education through provision of a meal, health education and fee payment for students in Conakry Guinea, while the community recovers from the social and economic impacts of Ebola.

January 2017 - July 2017

Charity information: Friends Of Conakry Refugee School

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  • Need


    FCRS has supported CRS for 10 years establishing a high level of trust and communication. As English-speaking refugees from the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia this community have limited access to the Guinean already stretched Guinean education system. CRS employs 40 teachers and educates 500 students from pre-primary through to secondary. Last year three projects were introduced with the aim of providing CRS with an independent and sustainable source of income.


    The project seeks to lessen the risk of school drop in two ways; the provision of a hot midday meal; and fee support for the most vulnerable families. In the past when household income has been squeezed children have been withdrawn from school to work during the day to earning sufficient money to buy food to feed themselves. The provision of a meal at school relieves that burden, allowing and encouraging the child’s family to continue their education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enhance learning outcomes for 600 CRS students


    » Provide a hot school meal every day to 600 CRS students enabling them to be better learners and encouraging families to ensure children attend school.
    » Employ a catering teacher to teach the importance of good nutrition and diet to support learning and give older students skills to cook for themselves

    Data on student performance in school and external exams is collated by CRS staff will be used to demonstrate educational outcome achieved.

    Aim 2

    To reduce the risk of school drop out due to the financial impact of Ebola on the household income.


    » Pay the fees of 100 vulnerable student for 6 months while their families recover from the financial impact of Ebola.
    » Employ a school nurse to support vulnerable students at risk of dropping out and support girl students dealing with the challenges of puberty.
    » Employ a PHSE teacher to teach nutrition diet, hygiene, disease prevention, HIV and sexual health.

    The school roll will be analysed by CRS staff and FCRS and the reason for school drop out noted.

    Aim 3

    Maintain the quality of teaching at CRS


    » Paying the fees of students will maintain the school roll and the wages of teacher reducing the risk of teachers leaving to find alternative work.

    Reason for staff departures will be noted. Data on the educational outcomes of the students will be collected.

  • Impact


    Paying the school fees of 100 vulnerable children will enable them to continue with their education. The extra fees paid enable teachers to be paid a living wage and the school remain open. Increasing the educational attainments of the refugee community will increase its resilience to future shock by open the door to more stable jobs in the formal sector. As part of the curriculum the students can choose a vocational course and learn French, giving them greater access to the job market


    The risk is that factors other than ability to pay fees, mean children drop out. When household income is greatly reduced children are often withdrawn from school as they are needed to work to provide enough income each day to buy food for a meal. FCRS provides the funding for a free hot meal at lunch time for each child attending school. This not only keeps children in school but also provides much needed nutrition and supports good learning.


    FCRS produce a quarterly Newsletter and monthly email updates to those supporters who subscribe. FCRS Facebook and twitter feeds give instant information about what is happening in the school and feedback on projects. The FCRS website contains more in depth news about ongoing projects and finances.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Meal 50% cost of meal for 600 students for 6 months
      £2,500 Fees 50% fees for 100 students for 6 months
      £1,150 Salaries 6 months of salary for PHSE teacher, nurse and catering teacher
      £1,350 Supplies Contribution to catering and Hygiene supplies for 6 month
  • Background


    The Conakry Refugee School is based in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in the Simbaya Gare District. Guinea is one of the poorest countries in Africa coming 179th in the Human Development Index which measures levels of education and health in 186 countries. Education in Guinea is chronically under resourced with class sizes of 80-120 and teachers who are underpaid and poor educational backgrounds. Guinea has recently been the centre of the Ebola pandemic.


    The 100 student swill benefit from a continued education and a more positive future. Staff will benefit as the fees will contribute to their wages. The 400 other students will benefit as the school will be able to remain open with good teachers. If 100 students drop out of school the best teachers will not be able to be paid enough to stay and the quality of education will decrease. Ultimately the revenue of the school may decline to such a level that the school has to close

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FRCS is the only organisation providing assistance to Conakry Refugee School and has built up a relationship with the school over ten years. The charity is volunteer led and Trustees have strong personal links with the principal and staff. The financial and management infrastructure and reporting mechanisms are in place and are robust. Projects to set up to teach computer catering and language skills were successfully set up in 2015 with £37,000 being spent and accounted for by the school.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pauline Levesley

    Treasurer - Pauline has been in post since 2008, has a strong working relationship with the director and will monitor project progress and finances

    Isaac Philipps

    Director of CRS - will ensure that the 100 children selected for the project are suitable and monitor their situation through the year and report back