Activism and Informing Government Policy
We gather a wealth of information and experience working in a deep rural context and seek to influence government policy based on this. We use the lessons learned and experience earned in our work to have a regional and national impact. Specific examples include: our direct contributions as advisors on the National Early Childhood Development Subsidy and improvements required in the administration thereof; making submissions on the proposed national minimum wage; the successful campaign we initiated for the provision of Emergency Medical Services and ambulances in remote rural areas; the testing of appropriate and effective technology for improving the quality of Mathematics and Literacy teaching, particularly in areas without access to electricity and the internet.
Further, community activism for education has developed significantly since we began our work in the area. The rehabilitation of Noofisi Senior Primary School was the project that prompted the establishment of the BI in 2007. At that time the only educational facility available was a collapsed wattle and daub structure where little teaching of any kind took place.
After extensive activism the government has since provided prefabricated classrooms at Xhora Mouth JSS and has almost completed the rebuilding of Noofisi Primary School.
See our page on “Broader Impact” for more details.