It is a legal requirement for all children in Uganda to attend primary school. However, the lack of buildings, resources and teachers, mean that the quality of education is often very poor. It is not unusual for class sizes to be in excess of 100 students, with huddled together around an inadequate number of desks and sharing just a handful of text books. Even, so, many of the children do exceptionally well and achieve excellent exam results – revealing the academic potential of the people.
TDT wants to see this potential released in a greater way. We have supported many schools over the years, particularly focussing on the provision of class-room space. This has enabled class-sizes to reduce, and improved the quality of education in the region.
Ngora Parents Secondary School has had a long partnership with St. Peter’s Church, Ruddington (near Nottingham) and TDT. Over the years, St. Peter’s in partnership with TDT have built class-rooms and a school hall, and have provided many educational resources. In 2015, with support from the British and Foreign Schools Society, a new dormitory building has been completed and is now housing 105 girls. This is driving up academic achievement, as those who board are able to focus more fully on their studies. When students live at home they are often required to do many chores both before and after school, and live in small houses with no power. The result is that students are tired at school and have little time to do homework. Those who board are also less likely to …
Ngariam Technical College has been running since 2014. It is a partnership between the government and the Church of Uganda. The college serves a very poor community in Ngariam. It aims to provide skill training to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s). There are virtually no employment opportunities in the area, with the majority of the population being subsistence peasant farmers. Those who have skills are able to start their own businesses such as making clothes, building work or providing furniture – which provides them with a small income. By training these young people, the college will enable them to take the first steps out of poverty – by being able to work and generate an income.
There are three courses running at the college: tailoring, brick-laying and carpentry. The tailoring class room has …
Tisai island, in the Kumi district of Teso, is the poorest community in Uganda. It has 6000 inhabitants, and has remained isolated since 1967. Access is very difficult, which can only be gained by boat. There are virtually no social services, health care, clean water supply or education. During the 1980’s castle rustling by the Karimojong virtually displaced the entire population of the island. They later returned, but there has been no development since then.
Since the early 2010’s the Church of Uganda and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church have been working with the community and started some churches. From this base of church / community involvement some investment has begun to flow into the island. The Tisai Primary School began in 2013, and had 184 students enrolled by 2015.
TDT first …
Arising from a community development programme funded by TEAR fund, PAG Soroti has supported the development of this parent led primary school. From a standing start in 2006 it now has 650 children and met a huge local need for education. It secured funding from a donor for two classrooms and TDT has funded a third with equipment and latrines in 2010. Lucy Hefford visited the school in August 2010 to see the three classrooms and the remaining four classes still being taught under trees.
During 2014/15 a further classroom was built and equipped with help of TDT supporters, including Lucy’s schoolchildren and a Brownie pack from Romsey.
During 2017 a fifth class room has been built, joining onto the fourth.