Work with local communities
DARRTT engages and mobilizes local communities in particular for construction of schools. If a school management committee has not been established or does not function, DAARTT helps organize this.
DAARTT also promotes local school ownership, and willingness to send children (especially girls) to school, contribute to school construction and maintain schools in a good condition.
Community contributions for construction generally consist of providing land for the school, water for construction, shelter and security for project staff, site leveling and preparation, trenches for foundations, and planting trees and bushes.
As much as possible, DAARTT strives to source construction material locally and use local labour for construction. In the process, DAARTT provides technical training to workers, improving their skills and ability to secure employment.
In support of maintenance, DAARTT helps communities establish school maintenance groups, normally consisting of the school headmaster, two teachers, two students, a mason and a carpenter, who are provided with training and tools for maintenance by DAARTT.