The project is reducing illiteracy rates in Uganda; this is in line with the Millennium Development Goals of reducing illiteracy levels in developing countries. The project is promoting girls’ education as well, which is also part of the MDGs – promoting gender equality and equity.
The project is giving orphans and vulnerable children access to quality education, which they would not be able to receive without this school. The school has created employment opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff, thus improving quality of life and helping to reduce the country’s unemployment rate.
The project has stimulated a positive attitude in the community towards education. Generally, the community now values and appreciates education. The school has become a driving factor for extending other social services to the area. The district local government graded the road going to school. This benefits both the school and the community. The road to the school is now passable even during rainy season.
This school has stimulated positive academic competition among other secondary schools in Eastern Uganda. When World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School appeared in the national newspaper as the 2nd best in Tororo District, other schools felt their popularity was at stake; thus they now work hard to maintain their positions. This has a positive impact on education in the whole of Tororo.
The school helps support the local business community, by purchasing food, firewood, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc. The employees of the school pay a local service tax, and this widens the district’s tax base.
The number of local youths loitering in the slums surrounding the school has gone down. This has helped lower crime rates in the area. The school has positively changed the face and value of the area. The area, which used to be a feared slum, has gained high market value because of the presence of World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School. This is an advantage to the entire community of Tororo and Uganda at large.
Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School was opened in 2006 with international financial support, and with the goal of providing both secondary education and vocational training. The student population is mostly from Northern Uganda where many children have been affected by ongoing wars, floods and HIV/AIDS. Many of the students’ parents were killed by rebels or AIDS which left many of the children as orphans; some boys had been forced to be child soldiers. Enrolled at the school are students ranging in age from 11 to 24, who attend secondary grades 1 to secondary 4.
Support World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School with the following:
• Food supply for the students and staffs
• Support of the school garden work: planting of the maize, and now they are weeding
• Anti-malarial medication and mosquito net supplies for the students and staff
• Support the school clinic with other medications
• Payment of staff salaries
• Support computer purchases to teach IT skills
• Purchase of text books and other school teaching supplies
• Purchase of office equipment supplies like photocopier, printer, and office furniture
• Facilitate participating in community outreach and inter-house competitions with music, dance, drama, regional games and sports held in partnership with the Tororo District
• Support of infrastructure/constructions projects on campus
403 students at the World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School
The entire population of Tororo and the surrounding areas; about 25,000 people have access to the school programs