UgandaKids e.V. is a non profit organisation - confessionally and politically independent.
We have made it our challenge to support vulnerable children in Uganda to open up opportunities for their own future with their own aims.
Sunday, 20th September 2015
New teacher accommodation Grace Mureo, Nursery School teacher
One of the growing problems UgandaKids faces these days is to find competent teachers, invest in their continuing qualification and keep them as long-term employees.
There are good reasons for them to stay: UgandaKids is based on a clear-cut concept and is a reliable employer who supports employees also in emergency situations. Wages are not only being paid on time, but adjusted according to the highly increasing inflation. Many teachers appreciate that and have been working for UgandaKids for many years. Grace Mureo (35), for example, has been leading the nursery school ever since its first day in 2007.
Some, however, give in to the temptations of quick money and move to South Sudan where they can earn up to ten times as much. UgandaKids, being committed to long-term support, is not able or willing to pay such inflated wages.
In agreement with Hilda and Heinz it was decided instead to invest in new buildings to house teachers who come from more distant parts of the country. There will be two buildings with eight one-room-apartments to give accommodation to eight male or female teachers. These are going to be built opposite the boarding section so that both electricity and the water well can be shared. The site, owned by Hilda and Heinz, has been given to UgandaKids to use for free, as was already the case when the boarding houses were built there.
The apartments are all appointed with bathrooms and cooking facilities. They are plain and functional, but still above the standard of the usual accommodation in Adjumani so far. Non-local teachers can live there for free while they work for UgandaKids. This opportunity makes the school an even more attractive employer while at the same time it retains the investment if and when the teachers leave UgandaKids again.
Saturday, 14th June 2015
Nine years after the founding of UgandaKids the course of a school year is beginning to feel quite familiar. It starts in February and stretches up to the first school holidays at the end of April. After two thirds – usually around mid July – the trial exams (“mocks”) are taken. These are of enormous importance for those school kids applying for a grant. Everybody celebrates the national holiday on October 9th. At the end of October the final exams are taken and a few weeks later, around the beginning of December, the long school holidays start.
During these long holidays there is a lot of maintenance work done around the site. With 634 children and youths enrolled (this year) some wear and tear can’t be avoided and the climate adds to the strain on the buildings.
Since the introduction of the scholarship programme two years ago the holidays are also used for another important effort. In order to enable as many kids as possible to continue with their education there is intensive care taken of the graduates. UgandaKids has accepted seven new scholars in 2015 who would have had to abandon their studies otherwise. Please follow this link for more information on the scholarship programme.
Tuesday, 17th February 2015
Shelves for the library Nazima Mugide is responsible for the school library
New books at the beginning of the new school year
Every new school year offers changes. The most obvious at the beginning of this year are the school books. Every pupil now receives a book for every subject. All books comply with the Ugandan curriculum and have been transported from Kampala to Adjumani. The pupils who are staying at the boarding school are allowed to take their books with them, the others receive their books in the morning when they arrive at school.
UgandaKids has found a new employee Nazima Mugide, who deals with all the related issues of the school library. Her tasks are to keep an overview of the books, to distribute them, to make sure the books stay in good condition and that all books are returned daily.
Sunday, 14th December 2014
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
We would simply like to add our seasonal greetings to Aisha Peace from 5th grade. We would like to thank everybody who has been supporting Peace and her fellow pupils in the past year. Each new school year has new inherent challenges. With your support and the fantastic work of all the people at the school the New Year 2015 will surely be mastered again!
Sunday, 27th July 2014
The results of the exams are put up on a wall
Again the students are preparing for the mock exams
At the end of this week the pupils of the final year are writing the mock exams. Two to three months before the final exams PLEs (Primary leaving exams) the mock exams are taken. The questions are the same in the whole district and are done in subjects such as Maths, English, Social studies and Science. Therefore it is exactly the same as in the PLEs but with different questions, which will take place at the beginning of November.
This will give the young pupils and the teachers the opportunity to see the gaps in their learning and to prepare more intensely for the final exams.
The mocks are also important for those pupils who apply for a scholarship. The results are part of the application and good results are one of the prerequisites to receive a scholarship.
Friday, 18th April 2014
Gladys and Liberty writing an essay
UgandaKids is giving scholarships to five Ugandakids school leavers
“What are the school leavers doing after they have passed all their exams in primary school?"
We are frequently being asked these and similar questions from our donors and of course the employees of UgandaKids, as a “growing up with perspectives” is not achieved with primary school education. Many former pupils, especially the best performers, receive scholarships from other secondary schools. In the previous school year unfortunately not all leavers had this chance and therefore a few have them have asked us to support them further.
Mainly due to financial reasons it is not possible to start a secondary school at the moment, but we have been trying to come up with other solutions such as giving out scholarships.
The criteria for selection are: neediness, scholastic performance and personality. UgandaKids only gives scholarships to former pupils, therefore the first two criteria were easy to determine, to find out more about their personalities we talked to Hilda and the teachers. Every applicant had to write an essay about how they imagine their life in the future. You can read Liberty’s essay here. Finally we decided grant scholarships to the five applicants, four girls and one boy. Hilda and one of the board of directors also talked to the pupils to make sure they know about their commitment:
We are excited to find out how this new scholarship approach works out and will decide by the end of the year if we can continue with this new approach and how we will deal with it in order to support some of the “former” pupils.
Sunday, 23rd February 2014
The teachers of UgandaKids in Spring 2014
The new school year has started a few days ago
The eighth year has begun at the UgandaKids school. One would think it’s already a routine, yet there are always many new things at the beginning of a school year. The teachers have been asking if they could also wear their own school clothes just like the pupils to show that they are working for UgandaKids. Here we go: Blue shirts for the men and white blouses for the women teaching staff.
With or without teacher uniforms: everyone has more than enough reason to be proud of the final exam results from last year. 1.67 is the average result and even though there were a lot more pupils than in previous years. Out of 43 pupils only one finished with a grade 3, everyone else had grade 1 or 2
A few of last years school leavers were refugees from South Sudan , who should have actually returned, but due to the civil war they have returned to Adjumani. Four of them have not had financial support to continue their education and have asked UgandaKids for help. We are currently finding ways to continue supporting these young people.
Sunday, 15th December 2013
The big holidays will be spent at home
The school year has finished
Hard to believe that another school year has been completed. A few weeks ago the third graduation class has completed their final exams and is now waiting for their results at home at their foster parents. All exams are corrected by external teaching staff all over Uganda therefore the results are not expected back until mid January.
Many of the donors have met Hilda and Heinz at the information events in Munich or Ellingen and could get a good insight into their work at UgandaKids. We are always very pleased about the interest, questions and input from our donors.
Everyone from Adjumani, Munich, Kufstein and Ellingen would like to thank our donors at the end of this very exciting year at UgandaKids. Your support has been wonderful again this year!
We wish you a merry Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year in 2014!
Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Above: the boarding school is waiting for the pupils
Right: Hilda’s brother Harry doing electric installations
The bare Brickwork is finished
Just like Heinz has promised the bare brickwork of the dormitories has been finished. In the last few weeks the workers have been working very hard and kept the time plan even though the weather has been unusually rainy at this season. In both buildings the windows and doors have been put in. The painting is done. The plumbing and electric installations still needs some work done.
In the upcoming weeks the interior will be worked on. Material for beds, shelves, tables, chairs and lots more will be purchased and transported to Adjumani.
The pupils of the final year are preparing for the final exams. They will be studying hard for the next few weeks. For the rest the holiday begins on 23rd of August. The third term of the school year will start in mid September.
Sunday, 21th April 2013
The walls of the dormitories are growing.
"Aktion Sternstunden" is supporting the new construction of the boarding school
At the beginning of the year we applied for financial aid for the boarding school from the renowned organization of the Bavarian Radio station "Aktion Sternstunden".
In the mean time the application has been decided and we will receive a financial support of €50,000 for the construction of the boarding school for classes 5 to 7. Wonderful! We are extremely greatful for this!
The infrastructure and furniture is far more complex and more expensive for dormitories than for class rooms, therefore the construction costs amount to around €97,000. The missing amount can be paid from savings from donations. The boarding part for around 160 children needs to be completed for the upcoming school year, therefore the first walls have been erected. The buildings are being built on Hilda's and Heinz's land, which is around 200 meters walking distance from the school. They have given the ground to UgandaKids for free use.
The pupils staying at the boarding school will have more time to study, particularly in the colder evenings. The boarding school is made especially for the children who live with foster parents where they are expected to work and do housework which is not really suitable for their age group and doesn't leave any time to study.
If you want to look at the construction plans from Heinz, please click here.
Friday, 25th January 2013
Consultancy for the teachers in January 2013
Saturday, 15th December 2012
On their way to the Nile
Big holidays in Uganda
OnFriday 30th November the big "End of year Party" took place in Adjumani. The pre-school pupils were transferred to primary school and the children sang, danced and laught a lot. On the following day the singers of the new UgandaKids songs went on a trip to the Nile. To see and hear what went on there please click here. By the way three cars were enough to transport 30 children and 5 adults!
At the end of this year we would like to kindly thank you!
Without your support the great work that Hilda, Heinz and the whole team perform in Adjumani would not be possible. With your support it was again possible to achieve a real "growing up with perspectives". You can find more details on how the school has developed since 2006 in this Video.
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful new year in 2013.
Saturday, 20th Oktober 2012
Teacher Joyce correcting exercises
The second group just before the final exams
The mocks have been written and in the last few weeks the pupils of year 7 have worked hard to strengthen their knowledge. On 5th and 6th November the final exams of Ugandan primary schools take place. These take place at the same time in the entire country and are corrected by external teachers, therefore the results are not expected until January.
Saturday 7th July 2012
At 10 am - as usual porridge is being served
Only a few days until the mock exams
Three weeks until grade 7 take the mock exams. These are based on the exams of the past three years. This way, three months before the final exams weaknesses can be found and things can be revised. After the incredible results from last years school leavers the pressure is on for pupils to come up with the same performance, therefore students work hard until late at night to prepare for the final exams.
Saturday, 19th Mai 2012
Reconstruction in progress
Pre-school has moved class rooms in second term
Holiday time means that Heinz can work on the reconstruction. A wall has been torn out to enlarge the last class room of the three pre-school classes. Everything could be finished on time before school started again. In this class room middle class can now be taught.
The dry season was not quite as heavy this year compared to last year. The school and the neighbours received enough water from our well this season.
Finally the lists of all the classes have reached us and there are 535 children and youth for whom the Team in Adjumani is taking responsibility this year.
Sunday, 19th February 2012
Assembly in the morning hours
UgandaKids is starting into the new school year 2012
A few days ago the Ugandakids nursery- and primary school started again in Adjumani. This year there are also more than 500 children and teenagers at the school. Two teachers left the school due to personal reasons and new teachers have already been recruited. The reputation of the school has risen even more after the great performance of the pupils who more than successfully completed primary school in December.
The average grade of the school leavers was 1.3, noone was above 2. All of the pupils are going to a secondary school now, mostly outside of Adjumani town.
It has also been talked about that not only the children and teenagers receive the best possible care and education, but that the teachers also gain from regular training courses. Now Hilda doesn't just have to take care of the foster parents who want to send their children to our school but also there are lots of job applications coming in from teachers wanting to work at Ugandakids school.
Sunday, 18th December 2012
With the end of the term the "bording school" has to be cleared.
School year 2012 has been finished - the first teenagers are leaving the school
On December 2nd the last school term has ended, with the exception of a few, most pupils could rise to the next level. All 19 school leavers are registered at secondary schools. At the end of January they will return for one day to receive their school reports. A few weeks ago the results of the mock exams were very promising, therefore not only we, but also the youth were expecting very good results. These former pupils of Ugandakids school are leaving the school with great perspectives. We have asked them to stay in touch at least once a year, to find out what their future holds.
All of us from Ugandakids, in Europe and in Uganda are thanking you very kindly for your support so far and hopefully in the future.
We are wishing you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year 2012!
Thursday, 20th October 2011
Photovoltaic power is up and running
Since the beginning of October the school can use its own environmentally friendly electricity and is autonomous. 30 solar panels were sponsored by Wirsol in Waghäusel and have been mounted on three steel frames and supply 5 kWp electricity. The company SMA in Kassel/Niestetal has provided the inverters for UgandaKids and transport costs were paid by the Deutschen Bank. Maintenance will be carried out by Hilda's brother Harry, who is a trained electrician and who was part of installing the solar panels.
We are very grateful and are glad to have finally switched of the generator!