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History and Development

History and Development

In the year 1999, educational opportunities in the Kapsiki village of Gouria, located in the extreme north of Cameroon, in the Mandara mountain range, were very limited. The school was a very dilapidated place with unqualified teachers who valiantly did their best to help their eager students to gain an education. Conditions were intolerable, with as many as 100 children crammed into a class.

A decision was taken to attempt to alleviate the situation, and with the help of four British schools in Spain - Cambridge House Community College; The British School of Alzira; Hastings School of Madrid; and Newton College of Elche - a start was made to provide a proper environment for learning.

In July 2000, Malima Primary School was born as a private one-room teaching facility. The original intake of students was limited to 50, but such was the hunger for education that there were far more children outside looking in. The student register had to be opened up to accommodate another 50 students, with the total attending in two shifts.

Subsequently, with funding from The European Union, the private firm of Valencia Property S.L., and a British school for girls in London, England, additional classrooms have been built, or are in the process of completion, bringing the total number of classrooms to six - one for each class year -thereby eliminating the need for split shifts.

Malima Primary School employs six qualified teachers, plus a school director and three teacher's assistants. The student body approximates 200; also there are another 85 children who have gone on to secondary education.

In order to ensure that children enter the school system at an appropriate age, Malima Primary School has added a pre-school of some 100 hundred children between the ages of three and five. At the other end of the scale, the school sponsors Adult Literacy classes for the parents for whom organised educational opportunities have come late. Subjects covered include nutritional values and HIV/AIDS.

Other significant Malima Project activities have included building a school room, and refurbishing others for the public school system that have been assumed by the government department of education.

The school conducted the first-ever census of the village in 2003, and Valencia Property S.L, with Rastronic Telecommunication Services of L'Eliana, brought electricity to the village for the first time in 2006.

Financing was acquired entirely by children in Spain for the successful exploration for an underground source of potable water in April 2007.