The only Secondary School in the entire conservancy, Bulesa Secondary only goes to Form 2 (equivalent of Grade 10). I was informed students will be restricted from attending Secondary School in another Conservancy afterwards to complete the final 2 years, in order to put pressure on their local MP to provide funding to build the remaining two classrooms.
The teaching staff includes 3 university volunteers (back row) to temporarily fill spaces that are otherwise left as a shortfall. The Principal (front centre) heads both the Primary and Secondary School.
At Bulesa Secondary there are 16 girls and 14 boys (a commendable gender ratio for this area, which is Boran and quite traditional). Enrolment would likely be much higher if the school had boarding.
Located a mere 50 meters from the Secondary School, Bulesa Primary has 445 students, 221 boys and 234 girls (again, very impressive split).
Standard 4 students (aged 9 & 10) in Science class, learning about fish. In a wholly pastorialist society, facts about fish and aquatic life are incredibly foreign.
Head of both the Primary and Secondary School, the Principal organizes Primary School students in their assembly area outdoors. Stones are used to markate standing lines.
The Boran community is almost entirely Muslim. Girls not wearing head scarves are likely of a different tribe. Although it is possible to come across Christian Boran, it is quite uncommon.
Their eyes followed wherever the camera was & they were very eager to see the captions.
Enjoying a few moments in between classes.
The staff room at the Primary School is used for both the Primary and Secondary School.
An 11 year old Boran girl in class, somewhat unsure of my flash.