Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project
Reducing Illiteracy, Changing the Community: Q3 2016
October 31, 2016
Naku Charles Lwanga
Summary of Activities
During this quarter, teaching and learning continued without interruption, and necessary teaching aids were purchased in a timely manner. Teaching aids included chalk, stationery, and books.
RMF/WCF also sponsored the payment of teachers’ salaries and support staff’s wages promptly, paid the school’s utility bills, mainly electricity, and purchased sufficient supplies, medicines, and food to keep the school going throughout the reporting period.
Service and maintenance of the school’s new, motorized water pump were performed. This water source has greatly improved the quality of life at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School.
Reducing Illiteracy Rate
The project is reducing illiteracy rates in Uganda; this is in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing illiteracy levels in developing countries. It is also promoting girls’ education, which is also part of the MDGs – promoting gender equality and equity. Finally, the project is giving orphans and vulnerable children access to quality education, which they would not be able to receive without this school.
The project has stimulated a positive attitude in the community towards education. Generally, the community now values and appreciates education.
Helping the Community
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 Secondary School. This is an advantage to the entire community of Tororo and Uganda at large. 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 created employment opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff, thus improving quality of life and helping to reduce the country’s unemployment rate. The school also helps support the local business community, by purchasing food, firewood, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc.
Caring for Students and Staff
Medical Services Provided
The school provides first line treatment in the sickbay on the premises. The clinic on the school premises is well-stocked with medicines and medical equipment. It employs a full-time nurse to provide treatment for students and staff. There is also a visiting doctor available to handle special cases and provide medical advice, make referrals, and follow up on referrals. A special focus is placed on reducing malaria through preventive and curative measures.
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.
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