Following a lively email exchange with Headmistress Florence Were, we visited Iganga Community Trans Nursery and Primary School for the first time in person in May 2017.
We spent several days assessing the school's situation, analysing problems and possible solutions, as well as planning the scope for future collaboration.
We were very impressed by the open atmosphere of the teachers' conference which had been called spontaneous where all teachers, together with the school's administrative team and the visitors openly discussed the school's problems and challenges.
Thanks to the cheerful children and the warm and friendly atmosphere we look forward to working closer together in the future.
-due to poverty only 30% of parents pay school fees, many fathers do not take on responsibility and mothers often struggle to provide for food, clothing and school fees for their children on their own.
-as a consequence a large percentage of children do not graduate from primary school
-school materials (paper, pens, exercise books, school books) are unaffordable for many
-only 30% pay for breakfast (porridge made of maize meal, water and sugar)
-not even 5% of children can afford lunch ('Posho' a solid porridge made of maize meal and beans)
-due to long walks to school (up to 2 hours) many children are left without food for 12 hours
-teachers earn between €35.00 and 55.00 per month, minus fees for their own children
Our first aim was to provide breakfast for every child as no one can study properly on an empty stomach.
1) For €1.00 per month and child we now provide breakfast for all children
2) A daily portion of Posho and beans costs €5.00 per child per month and depending on our financial situation this will be our next goal
3) Consequently this will free up funds that the school can reinvest, so far the plan is for
Improving sanitary facilities
School furniture, new black boards and other teaching materials
Fencing, to increase security
Construction of teachers' living quarters
4) From now on we pay a 10% top-up to teachers' salaries. Higher wages help the school to hold on to good teachers which increases the
quality of teaching, more children will graduate and gain qualification for Secondary School
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Annet Kakweri, a young woman from Iganga has 6 children, 4 her own and her 2 orphaned nieces (her sister and brother-in-law died of AIDS) tells us about the school and why it needs our help in her letter:
Community Trans Nursery and Primary School Iganga
Florence Were, Headmistress, tells us the school's history:
„These are the most important things why my children go to school: Their wishes: Frossy Wekiya needs to be veterinary doctor. Wilson Wekiya needs to be an engneer. Samba Marvin Ndeku needs to be a lawyer. Leticia Kawuma needs to be a nurse. These all are in community trans nursery and primary school. The two orphans Mary Nabirye is in senior two. Joan Mukoda is in hairdressing course. These are the challenges they face as well as most Ugandan children who are in the school going age: Lack of tuition fees. Lack of the required scholastic materials such as the learners work books,mathematical sets,school bags. Failure to pay for there lunch at school. Failure to buy school uniforms and sports wear. As a result children do not feel free while at school. The above is as a result of the irresponsible fathers in our communities. Life at school in my country. The majority of children in Uganda foot from home to school including mine. Few parents can afford to pay the required funds for their children to sleep at school. During lunch time, for those who come from near are allowed to go home for lunch. Those who come from far, incase their parents are able to pay for their lunch, they eat at school but the majority go with out food through out the day. However it would be advisable for children to sleep at school to avoid dangers on the way and to concentrate more on their studies. As for now, all my children sleep at home but school authorities have always advised us to have them sleep at school. webake bulungi nyabo “
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