Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project
Helping Create a Positive Attitude Towards Education: Q2 2017
August 20, 2017
Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho
Summary of Activities
- 167 candidates have been registered for the national examinations that will be conducted in October, November, and December 2017.
- New, experienced teachers were recruited during the reporting period.
- Materials were purchased for the art class, including cardboard, seeds of different grains, varnish, erasers, etc.
- Paid teachers’ salaries and support staff’s wages promptly.
- Paid the school’s utility bills, mainly electricity.
- Provided more laboratory reagents to support the science department.
- 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, Christian religious education, and fine arts. The school employs teachers for all these subjects, making their expertise available to students.
- Two new subjects have been established at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School: music and information technology.
- Teaching and learning continued throughout this reporting period without interruption, and necessary teaching aids were purchased in a timely manner. Teaching aids included chalk, stationery, and books.
- External facilitators were brought to the school to provide students in the candidate class with special coaching in different subjects, mainly concerning test-taking strategies. This is part of the preparation for the national examinations that will be coming at the end of the year.
- Prepared the fields for planting maize, which will be harvested by the end of July 2017.
- Purchased sufficient supplies, medicines, and food to keep the school going throughout the reporting period.
- Items for the forthcoming athletics competitions were purchased. The participants are doing intensive training.
- Purchased 3 flagpoles and 3 flags: The East African Community flag, Ugandan flag, and the World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School flag.
- Necessary items were purchased for conducting in-house assessments. Thus, students were able to complete beginning of term and midterm assessments, which have helped the teachers accurately understand and continue to develop the individual academic abilities of each child.
- Continued to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the school compound and facilities.
A Positive Attitude
The project has helped create a positive attitude in the community towards education. Parents and children love the school, and many children in the neighboring primary school are studying so that they can attend World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School. Generally, the community now values and appreciates education.
Improving Literacy Rates
Students Completing Studies
The project is helping to reduce illiteracy rates, not only in Tororo, but in the entire country of Uganda. This is in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing illiteracy levels in developing countries. Every year, 120 students are completing their Ordinary Level studies at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School, earning their Uganda Certificate of Education.
Making a Difference
The school’s positive environment and reputation have been maintained throughout the reporting period; evils affecting other schools in the district, such as strikes, teenage pregnancies, student fights, and students running away have been avoided at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School. This is because the school has been able to retain committed, motivated teachers, thanks to the support from RMF/WCF.
The project is promoting girls’ education, which is also part of the MDGs: promoting gender equality and equity. The new girls’ dormitory, for instance, has allowed us to accommodate 120 more female students, thus increasing opportunity for girls to access education.
The students in the candidate class went on a geography field trip, visiting tea estates in Mukono District, the Mabira Forest, and the fishing landing sites on Lake Victoria. These field trips help the students gain more direct exposure to the subjects they are studying.
Parent and Guardian Visit
Keeping Families Informed
A parent/guardian visit was held during the reporting period. The purpose of the visit is to create an avenue for parental involvement in the child’s education. During the visit, the parent/guardian is briefed about the performance of his or her child. In this way, the child’s areas of weakness are strengthened.
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
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- About 403 students at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School
- 45 staff members, both teaching and non-teaching staff
The entire population of Tororo and the surrounding areas; about 25,000 people have access to our program