Some of the most important work that needs to be done in rural Uganda is setting up basic educational facilities and infrastructure. Supporting communities through building schools lays a foundation that we hope allows these communities to prosper self-sufficiently . We believe that education is the cornerstone to any society and that children need a suitable environment and quality education to realise their enormous potential.
Bumakenya Primary School
To date, we now have 4 fully functioning classrooms built at the school, which have been temporarily divided into two rooms each to accommodate all year groups. Our aim is for 2 additional classrooms to be completed by the end of 2019 to accommodate the growing popularity of the school and reduce congestion. 5 pit latrines (basic long drop toilets) have been built for the use of pupils, teachers and the wider community. This is crucial in prevent water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and diphtheria, all of which are susceptible to outbreaks in this region. Free school lunches are provided to every pupil, every day. The children are asked to bring firewood from home as their contribution, and whilst the lunch is modest (porridge with added milk and nuts for nutrition), the effect this has on concentration levels and morale is considerable.
Safe Spring Water Project
In late 2017, we discovered a water spring nearby to the school. Having being examining options all year on how to bring drinkable water to the school, none of which were looking very feasible, this was a most welcome and miraculous discovery.
Thanks to Nacho, a Spanish volunteer with a strong background in water hygiene, we have been able to bring 150 litres of mineral rich, clean drinking water to the school per hour, whilst leaving 100 litres per hour at the source of the spring for the local community. This project was completed from start to finish in approximately 2 months and with minimum fuss, and provides the lifeblood to the school and future projects.
Working with our partnership organisation, Africa Educational Trust, we have began implementing bespoke teacher training package to train and mentor the teachers and school leaders at Bumakenya Primary School. This will start with a general training for all teachers on learner-centred teaching methods and then tailor additional training to teacher progress and priority needs. Trainings will include a combination of workshops and observations of teaching practice. Training can include:
Use of local language teaching (P1 – P3) and transition to English (P4)
How to create teaching and learning materials from local/low-cost materials and use them in class
Handling large class sizes (e.g. use of group work and talk for learning)
How to cater for both fast and slow learners)
Promoting dedicated reading time and literacy across subjects
Peer mentoring and coaching
Peer marking and feedback
Lesson plans and schemes of work
The ‘School Mothers’ Program
This program has been introduced at the school to provide education and mentoring for female learners in areas such as Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), early pregnancies, early marriage and prevention of HIV/AIDS, all of which are unfortunately commonplace in this region of Uganda.
A ‘School Mother’ is identified and trained to work as a volunteer to mentor girls in school an act as a champion for girls’ education in the community.
School Mothers aim to:
• Support girls to access and stay in school
• Prevent early marriage and early pregnancy
• Support girls to manage menstruation and improve their attendance in school
• Promote equal opportunities for girls in and out of school
• Give girls opportunities to be leaders
An initial training has taken place, with workshops and trainings for the female (and male) learners to be rolled out across the rest of the school year.
Fundraising goals for 2019 and beyond.
2 x additional classrooms - £7,000
The growing population at the school means that despite the construction of 2 classrooms, and the installation of classroom dividers to create more space, we are low on room! Based on the previous constructions, we anticipate this to cost £7000 for a pair of classrooms.
Teacher Training Program - £6,000 approx.
We would like to bring in a partner organisation with a specialist in education to develop a bespoke teacher training package to train and mentor the teachers and school leaders at the school.
We will start with a general training for all teachers on learner-centred teaching methods and then tailor additional training to teacher progress and priority needs. Trainings will include a combination of workshops and observations of teaching practice, with follow ups and additional trainings throughout the academic year.
UPDATE: we have now completed the initial 5 day training at the school, and will be carrying out additional trainings in 6 months and 12 months’ time. We are waiting for the invoice for this months training for more accurate estimations of future costs.=
School Library - £605
We wish to install a library of approx. 1,000 books and include early readers, fiction and information books on a variety of subjects. We’ll provide shelving (at the back of an existing classroom as opposed to a brand new structure) and select a teacher as a nominated librarian. A partner organisation will provide training to teachers on library management and use of books in class. On-going support is provided through monitoring visits and the support of a local Lead Librarian.
School Mothers Program - £1,800
A School Mother is a community member who works as a volunteer to mentor girls in school an act as a champion for girls’ education in the community.
• To promote the importance of girls’ education and champion equal opportunities for girls in and out of school;
• Engage boys in the achievement of equal opportunities for girls in and out of school;
• To support girls with materials during menstruation and teach them how to make local pads;
• To act as links between schools, parents and communities;
• To monitor the rates of attendance and dropouts in schools, and follow up on girls at risk of dropout through home visits;
• To prevent early marriage and early pregnancy by explaining the associated risks and consequences, and by teaching girls how to stay safe and healthy and avoid early sex.
The costs entailed in this programme is for the selection and training of a school mother, continued support, mentoring and evaluation of their work and a separate training/idea sharing with an exemplary school mother from a different area of Uganda.
School Lunch Programme - £1,300
The lunch programme is going strong but continues to require funding. This provides a meal of maize-based porridge, supplemented with ground nuts and milk for additional nutrition. We will also be introducing a basic lunch for teachers.
Microfinance loans to 20 additional women - £2,400
With the Microfinance project proving very successful in its first year, we want to continue to expand our support by offering more opportunities to more businesswomen in the community. At the same time, a key factor in the success to date has been quality control, i.e making sure that there are sound business plans behind the requests for these loans. We will therefore look to add 2 new groups of 10 women to the programme, to coincide with the further loans issued to the current groups. Additionally, for the women that are coming to the completion of the two year program, we are looking to enrol successfully graduated women on to ‘jumbo loans’ if we are able to secure funding for such.
Staff Expenses - £1,800
Whilst supporting the Staff Expenses may not be the ‘sexiest’ project to support, this is the heartbeat of the organisation. To date, TUSP volunteers have paid 100% of their expenses. However, we do also need a small team of Ugandan employees, who coordinate and assist with our full scope of projects to make sure they’re running efficiently and any problems can be resolved.