The nearest official school is located approximately 20km away in the neighboring village, Looltepes. Only 23 percent of school-age children attend classes because of the distance. The remainder stay home to tend their herds or await marriage – never receiving a basic education.
Loongung’s residents value education, however, which is why the community hired a teacher. For the past three years, she has conducted classes under the thorn tree planted in front of her house. The number of students continues to grow despite the lack of a school building, elevating the need for support.
To improve education in this village, the Acronis Foundation will construct a primary school in collaboration with the German non-profit FLY&HELP. The school will serve 567 Loongung children and two teachers. (The community will hire a second teacher once the new building is complete.)
New classrooms and facilities will help provide academic and social stability for children and ensure a safe and healthy environment, while supporting the economic and social development of the village by reducing poverty and elevating the quality of life.
The initial phase, funded by the Acronis Foundation and FLY&HELP, will support the construction of two classrooms, toilets, and the purchase of 46 desks. The hope is that the facility will one day feature additional classrooms, staff offices and apartments, dormitories, and a sports field.