There are a number primary schools in Soibada and one high school. They struggle to educate almost 1000 children. Very few teachers are paid, less are qualified teachers. Most are dedicated people who have graduated from high school and donate their time to build the future of their communities. Most of the school facilities are very limited. There are dedicated school buildings however many have dirt floors, no windows and are exposed to the elements throughout the wet season. Furnishings such as desks, chairs and blackboards are often in poor repair.
Many schools in Pittwater have already linked with a sister school in Soibada. Joining with a school in Soibada is much more than fundraising; it is about building links between the two communities. It enables the students to learn about the differences, but also the many similarities between their lives. Personal contact via posters and letters delivered by PFOS volunteers is encouraged.
If schools choose to raise funds for their sister school, direct and open communication between the two schools ensures that the money is spent on areas identified by the school in Soibada. A fundraising day also provides an excellent way to raise awareness in our community about the challenges faced by one of our closest neighbours.
A variety of schools are involved: primary, secondary, public, Catholic, private. If your school would like to find about more about linking with a school in Soibada, please contact Pittwater Friends of Soibada.
The following animotos courtesy of Maria Regina Primary School in Avalon - Sister School to Somoro Primary School in Soibada