|Students of Urahou 1 Escola Basica Filial School are celebrating construction |
of their new school building.
The current condition of the school is not uncommon in the remote villages of Timor-Leste where road access is limited during the rainy season that can last up to nine months in a year. Landslides are also a major problem preventing travel to these villages sometimes for weeks, with dirt roads far too muddy and slippery for vehicles.
Like several other schools in Timor-Leste, Urahou 1 Escola Basica Filial School is overcrowded, poorly maintained and lacks adequate facilities. The school caters for primary education Grades 1 to 6 students. There are currently 531 students, 261 of whom are girls and 270 are boys managed by nine teachers. The average student per classroom is 80. The school has six classrooms, three of which are in very poor condition. It has four toilet cabins but only two are in use and the school has no water supply. This makes existing facilities very difficult for students to use.