Everything Running Smoothly

Hilda with her two most important working tools: the mobile phone and the car

Saturday, 14th July 2018

Everything Running Smoothly

The outer circumstances are getting more and more difficult in Uganda, yet at the school everything is quiet and peaceful in the middle of the year.

Three teachers left the school and have already been replaced. The positive reputation of the school and the new teachers’ accommodation has surely contributed towards this.

A few weeks ago a visit of two tax collectors has surprised us a lot. “The school should pay taxes!” Hilda strongly objected and explained that UgandaKids is a non-profit organization obviously without profits, working hard to financially support children who would otherwise not be able to attend school. She explained that UgandaKids is happy to support the government by educating Uganda’s children, but would not be prepared to pay a cent of the European funds to the government. The current situation is that she needs a confirmation from the district administration and then to apply for a tax exemption in Kampala.

Another tax shall be introduced on phone calls and for sending money via mobile phone. Mobile phones are intensely used for “mobile money” transfers in Uganda, thus resulting in strong protests.

We will keep you posted here and on facebook about further developments.

 

The New School Year is Starting with Great News

Gladys, Liberty, Kevin and again Gladys (from left) are the first scholars with O-Levels

Saturday, 3rd March 2018

The New School Year is Starting with Great News

In 2014 Ugandakids started the first scholarships for former UgandaKids pupils. The completion of primary school is not the final education therefore a scholarship system has been developed to enable pupils to continue their education.

Secondary school takes six years in Uganda. After four years the O-Levels take place and after another two years the A-Levels can be completed, enabling pupils to go onto University.

At the end of 2017 five UgandKids scholarship holders completed their O-Levels. One fellow had to leave the program due to weak results. Four girls showed that they could maintain or even improve their primary school results and were amongst the best of their year with grade 2 results.

Therefore UgandaKids is keeping the promise in supporting the pupils for another two years until A-Level.

This encourages the younger pupils at UgandaKids to follow in their footsteps. In order for them to show their motivation the new school year has just started on 5th of February.

 

The First Four Scholarship Holders are just about to Complete their Secondary Education

By now there are 17 scholarship holders from Pakelle together with some of their fellow pupils

Sunday, 15st October 2017

The First Four Scholarship Holders are just about to Complete their Secondary Education

In 2014 Ugandakids started a scholarship program. The first four young women will be writing their interim examinations – the O-Levels in the few days. The completion of this qualification compares to the intermediate secondary school certificate in Germany, it is the same in the whole country and comprises of eight to ten different examinations.

After completing their primary school qualification in 2013 the four girls continued their education at St. Marys Assumpta Secondary School in Pakelle. Pakelle is approximately a 15 minute drive from Adjumani, therefore Ugandakids and the teachers can stay in close contact with them to follow their progress. All four belong to the best of their school year. Ugandakids has agreed to support them financially through the scholarship program for the next two years until they reach A-Level qualifications.

 

Big Celebration at School

Sister Rebecca from Pakelle

Friday, 5th May 2017

Big Celebration at School

The 10 year anniversary of UgandaKids – clearly a reason to celebrate!

There was a big birthday party at the school on Saturday, April 22nd. Hundreds of people came to visit and join the children, youths and employees in celebrating the anniversary. The children were at the heart of both the party on Saturday and during the sport events on the day before. Four former UgandaKids were invited as guests of honour : they will be taking their A-Level exams this coming October. But also many other former primary school kids came to join the celebration. It was heartwarming to see how many confident, great personalities UgandaKids has helped to develop.

There was plenty of food and drink for everyone. Poems and songs and a lot of dancing followed the meal. Some of it was so irresistible that even the nuns from Pakelle couldn’t remain seated, they joined in the dancing.