Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project
Students Participate in Inter-House Competition: Q3 2017
December 01, 2017
Naku Charles Lwanga and Alphonse Mwanamwolho
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.
- 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, information technology, Christian religious education, and fine arts. The school employs teachers for all these subjects, making their expertise available to students.
- Teaching and learning continued throughout this reporting period without interruption, and the students are keeping up with the pace of the syllabus.
- Completed one section of the second floor of the classroom block.
- Continued to beautify and maintain the cleanliness of the school compound and facilities.
- Conducted end-of-term student assessments during the reporting period.
Music, Dance, and Drama Festival
The school conducted the annual inter-house competition, an event always anticipated by students, which adds unique flavor to the school year. Props and costumes were also purchased for the music, dance, and drama festival.
Staff organized a farewell party for the 2017 senior four candidates. This is the only day of the school calendar that students are exempt from wearing the school uniform. The red carpet is only for senior four students to walk on.
Providing for School Needs
Items Purchased This Quarter Include:
- Public address system (for use during public events)
- Teaching aids such as chalk, stationery, and test preparation books
Uganda Certificate of Education
Preparing for the Exams
167 candidates have been fully prepared to sit for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations that will be conducted from 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.
Words of Wisdom
Preparing a New Generation
The children are growing, and most are entering the adolescent stage. With the help of senior teachers, students are given formative talks to help them cope with the challenges of adolescence.
3 Meals A Day
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.
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