Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project
Students Participate in Athletics Tournament: Q2 2018
September 28, 2018
Naku Charles Lwanga
Summary of Activities
- 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. We have recently increased the teachers’ allowances to compensate them according to the growing number of students.
- 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.
- The school organized and conducted the annual inter-house music, dance, and drama (MDD) competition, from which Anthony House emerged victorious. According to the Ministry of Education, technology, sports, and extra-curricular activities are part of the school’s curriculum and should be undertaken. The Mama Kevina Fraternity is proud to have properly followed the Ministry guidelines, which produces well-rounded individuals.
- Teaching and learning continued throughout this reporting period without interruption, and the students are keeping up with the pace of the syllabus. Teachers examined students at established program intervals.
- Purchased sufficient supplies, medicines, and food to keep the school going throughout the reporting period.
- Purchased materials to conduct end-of-term examinations.
- Purchased and provided teaching aids such as chalk, pens, and stationery.
- 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.
The school held two successful study tours for geography and agriculture. For the geography tour, students were taken to Sezibwa Falls, Masese Landing Site, and Kasaku Tea Estates. This field work is mandatory for the students, and it may be covered in the final examinations. For the agriculture class, students visited the Benedictine monastery farm in Tororo.
Students participated in extra-curricular activities. In particular, the school participated in the athletics tournament at King George Stadium in the town of Tororo, which brought together all schools within the district. Many of our students emerged victorious from this tournament in several track events to compete at the national-level tournaments.
Maintenance and New Construction
School grounds and facilities are kept clean, and buildings are repainted periodically. The well-maintained school compound provides an environment conducive for learning.
- The school began construction of a semi-permanent hall for final examinations
- The school purchased some new furniture for the students, including single-seat desks and plastic stools
World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School successfully held sessions facilitated by experienced teachers in the different subject areas to prepare students for mock examinations as well as final examinations. 240 candidates were registered for the 2018 Uganda National Examinations Board’s UCE examinations.
Food for 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. As food is essential to anyone’s health and academic excellence, it is a priority to feed the students a good meal.
Chickens are kept at the school to enhance the students’ diet. The carrots are doing well in the school garden. Tomatoes from the school garden are also served to students during the term.
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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One of our students, Josephine Nankya, qualified to represent the district at the national-level athletics competition in the 100-meter sprint, which is a way to bring more recognition to World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School and highlight individual students’ talents.
Mourning the Loss
Grief & Tragedy
Loss of a Student
School Mourns Kipilo Tefillo
Students and staff were saddened by the loss of Kipilo Tefillo, one of our senior four students, during the term. Tefillo had been struggling with health complications for a long time. On July 20, 2018, we received the news of his passing. He was buried in Bududa District.