Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project
167 Candidates Sit for National Exams: Q4 2017
March 11, 2018
Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho
Summary of Activities
- Paid the school’s utility bills, mainly electricity.
- Purchased more laboratory reagents and samples that were used during the practical science exams.
- All subjects, as outlined by the Ministry of Education, are being taught. These include mathematics, physics, agriculture, chemistry, English language and literature, geography, history, commerce, accounting, information technology, Christian religious education, and fine arts. The school employs teachers for all these subjects, making their expertise available to students.
- Parents of students in candidate classes visited in order to offer encouragement.
- Teaching and learning continued throughout this reporting period without interruption, and the students are keeping up with the pace of the syllabus.
- Continued to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the school compound and facilities.
- Students were continuously assessed throughout the reporting period, and the non-candidate classes completed promotional examinations.
- Purchased sufficient supplies, medicines, and food to keep the school going throughout the reporting period.
- Purchased and provided teaching aids such as chalk, stationery, and test preparation books.
- Children who were ill during the reporting period received prompt medical treatment. This was possible because of the standby medical staff at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School.
- Mentored the university and college students who came to the school to complete their teaching internships.
Uganda Certificate of Education Exam
167 candidates were adequately prepared to sit for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations, which were conducted in late October through mid-December 2017. This preparation included exposure to various science experiments, conducting more in-house assessments, seminars in different subjects, and intensive guided reading.
Salaries Paid on Time
Highly Motivated Staff
Paid teachers’ salaries and support staff’s wages promptly, which is one of the reasons World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School has been able to maintain highly motivated teachers and staff.
Growth in Student Population
Addressing Staffing Needs
Due to the recent rise in student numbers (in part thanks to the completion of the new girls’ dormitory), teachers have expressed the need for additional pay or the hiring of additional teachers. RMF is working to address these needs, as well as the need for on-campus living quarters for teachers.
3 Meals Served Daily
Improved Health and Learning
Children continued to be well fed during the reporting period, receiving 3 meals a day. This has improved students’ health and capacity for learning/concentration, and there were no cases of malnutrition.
Clean and Beautiful School Property
Positive Learning Environment
School grounds and facilities are kept clean, and buildings are repainted periodically. The well-maintained school compound provides an environment conducive for learning.
Clean Water Source
Improved Quality of Life
All utility bills were paid and continuous maintenance performed for the motorized water source. This reliable water source has greatly improved the quality of life at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School.
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