Today started with a bang – literally we blew a tire half way to Teddie Primary School in Amuru District and then discovered parts of the jack were missing. We were rescued by some nice local truck drivers who stopped to help us out. Finally we arrived at Teddie to find construction for the new classrooms going really well. Clay and Billy helped plaster the walls, while Philip and I spoke with the teaching staff about the challenges they face.
Philip, Dusman and Joni met with parents, school administrators and teachers at Lela Obaro Primary School in Gulu, Northern Uganda to discuss school progress and issues. Ssubi found the Richard Theriault library in fantastic condition and were impressed by the schools positive progress. Last year they had two students receive 1st grades in national Primary seven exams – this is a significant boost to the school. In addition, the parents and school have started building more teacher accommodations in addition to the structures built by Ssubi.
Philip is in Amuru District, Northern Uganda at Teddie Primary School discussing the new classroom block with the parents and school administration. Ground breaking is today! Let the construction begin. Special thanks to Mother Teresa Endowment Fund and Jabusch Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation for your support this year:)
If you can possibly believe it the playgrounds needed maintenance again! Johny was in Gulu this week to find the tires and make sure they were put back up. He also gathered some welders to come and enforce the slides and address other weakened joints. Honestly this must be the most busy playground in the world!
The RRLWG Women’s group, supported by The Ssubi Foundation, has been training other groups in the area on savings and micro-loaning programs. They are currently training 12 new groups. This is a huge success and we are so proud of the amazing sense of pride this brings to the Ugandan’s participating! In UG the name chosen for groups and children is an indicator of social well being, here a few of the chosen names of the groups:
1. ACHOLI PEYWER KI CAN ( Acholi’s have not rested from poverty)
2. NENA NYIM BUSINESS COMMUNITY GROUP (Have a vision for the future)
3. PIT TEK SAVINGS AND FARMERS GROUP-(It’s difficult to be a responsible Adult)
4. TOOROM SAVINGS GROUP-(Death is the same no matter how it comes )
Dusman was recently in Gulu, where he attended a parents meeting at Lela Obaro Primary School, which was organized by the head teacher to discuss how to improve students academic performance and maintenance of the school structures. In addition, Dusman discussed with the parents the new training program for teachers supported by The Ssubi Foundation on to provide teachers with the skills to help council children having problems and to identify students at high risk of dropping out of school.
St. Stephens Primary School already has 51 students registered for the start of term. The teaching staff have been hired and are starting a 10 day training course today. Training will take place at the new St. Stephens School and will help outline expectations of the new school board and review teaching best practices. Samuel Lukasi is the trainer, he is the education officer of St. Stephens and head teacher of a well known primary school in Kampala. Samuel has been extremely helpful in the instigation of St. Stephens Primary School.