Dec 15, 2014

Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH): Oct-Dec report

Give a life saving gift of education to a child!
Give a life saving gift of education to a child!
At Arlington Academy of Hope's (AAH) operations in rural Uganda, we've been busy!
Enabling children to remain in school requires good health care. The FIMRC health clinic at our school and our clinic in Bupoto have been active. 

At our Health Clinic in Bupoto, we're fortunate to have former intern Moussa return to put in place a new computer system which will make it easier to track patient information at the busy clinic. Prior to this, the clinic kept paper records for more than 10,000 a year.  This was cumbersome and staff intensive.  Also visiting the clinic was Dr. Peter from the UK, who developed the sytem. He has been kind enough to provide us the software and a laptop -- we are very grateful. We hope to upgrade the solar energy at the clinic, to keep the new computers and and everything else running! Staff are being trained in the new system, and it will be interesting for the students volunteering there on the break to be able to see a modern system in operation.  The clinic serves as a trainining site for students interested in a career in health care, as many secondary and university volunteer there over school breaks, weekends, or holidays.  There are also several health care scholarships for secondary school students.  At AAH, we believe there are many paths to a child's success and our focus in on helping them gain an education, job skills, and experience which will improve their employment prospects once they finish school. We also had a six-week volunteer at the school looking at other training opportunities and programs which could help the children.

At the primary school, we had an increased emphasis on STEM subjects this year. This year, we were fortunate to have over 70 volunteers from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and more come volunteer at the school. They are able to help the teachers by, for example, working with individual students and small groups who need a little extra help.  They also bring new techniques and energy to the classroom, so we keep improving. (Want a life-changing experience? Consider volunteering with AAH in Uganda! Email info@aahuganda.org)

The school year ended last week, and our students, teachers, and staff are on a well deserved school break. 

At our primary school, seventh graders spent the last several months studying long days and weekends to prepare to take the highly competitive national Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) which determines whether students graduate primary school and continue on to secondary school (high school). 

We also assisted a number of poor local schools to prepare their seventh graders for the PLE as well.  They took the PLE recently and are awaiting results, which determine if and where they will go on to secondaty school. Once the seventh graders hear results, they only have a few short weeks to report to secondary school.  There's a reason the AAH school is in the top 1% of schools nationwide -- the teachers and the students work incredibly hard! 

As our seventh graders prepared to leave primary school, we just finished selecting the new first grade class that will start late Jan-Feb when the new school year begins. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and beaming from ear to ear!  We can only take a portion of those who apply, and families camped out for days on the road to the school just for a chance to intervew for a slot in first grade.  The schools's success has changed many parents' minds about the value of an education, and how it can change lives for the student and his or her family.

Our second group of secondary school graduates are keeping busy at university.

Thank you for making it possible for the children to go to school. You are truly tansforming lives and giving them a real chance for a better future. 
Looking for a meaningful holiday gift this year? Consider making a donation to AAH on someone's behalf and we'll send them an e-card! Email info@aahuganda.org for more details.

Grace, on a Teen Service Trip, reads with a child
Grace, on a Teen Service Trip, reads with a child
AAH held a race in Uganda and in the US in Nov.
AAH held a race in Uganda and in the US in Nov.
Sangya, from Univ of Pitt, tutored students
Sangya, from Univ of Pitt, tutored students
AAH donated math supplies to local schools
AAH donated math supplies to local schools
Thank you for making a child
Thank you for making a child's education possible!

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Dec 15, 2014

Arlington Academy of Hope's (AAH) Oct-Dec progress report from the village

Frederike, a volunteer from Germany with students.
Frederike, a volunteer from Germany with students.

At Arlington Academy of Hope's (AAH) operations in rural Uganda, it's been a busy few months! 

We had an increased emphasis on STEM subjects this year. This year, we were fortunate to have over 70 volunteers from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and more come volunteer at the school. They are able to help the teachers by, for example, working with individual students and small groups who need a little extra help.  They also bring new techniques and energy to the classroom, so we keep improving. (Want a life-changing experience? Consider volunteering in Uganda!)

The school year ended last week, and our students, teachers, and staff are on a well deserved school break. 

At our primary school, seventh graders spent the last several months studying long days and weekends to prepare to take the highly competitive national Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) which determines whether students graduate primary school and continue on to secondary school (high school). 

We also assisted a number of underresourced local schools to prepare their seventh graders for the PLE as well.  They took the PLE recently and are awaiting results, which determine if and where they will go on to secondaty school. Once the seventh graders hear results, they only have a few short weeks to report to secondary school.  There's a reason the AAH school is in the top 1% of schools nationwide -- the teachers and the students work incredibly hard! 

As our seventh graders prepared to leave primary school, we just finished selecting the new first grade class that will start late Jan-Feb when the new school year begins. They are enthusiastic, energetic, and beaming from ear to ear!  We can only take a portion of those who apply, and families camped out for days on the road to the school just for a chance to intervew for a slot in first grade.  The schools's success has changed many parents' minds about the value of an education, and how it can change lives for the student and his or her family.

Our second group of secondary school graduates are keeping busy at university.

Thank you for making it possible for the children to go to school. You are truly tansforming lives and giving them a real chance for a better future.

Grace, on a Teen Service Trip, reads with a child
Grace, on a Teen Service Trip, reads with a child
AAH held a race in Uganda and in the US in Nov.
AAH held a race in Uganda and in the US in Nov.
Sangya, from Univ of Pitt, tutored students
Sangya, from Univ of Pitt, tutored students
AAH donated math supplies to local schools
AAH donated math supplies to local schools
Thank you for making a child's education possible!
Thank you for making a child's education possible!
Sep 19, 2014

Arlington Academy of Hope: Sept 2014

students hard at work!
students hard at work!

While June-August is traditionally school vacation in the U.S., Ugandan schools operate on a 3 term  system with smaller breaks throughout the year.  So over the past few months, our primary school student and teachers have been hard at work studying and learning!  Teachers were assisted by many volunteers from a number of countries, who helped in the classroom, tutored small groups, and helped students needing a bit more help to keep pace with their classmates.

July marked our tenth anniverary...10 years of transformation and achievement.  In the village, we celebrated by doing community service and helping at nearby schools.  The health clinic hosted special events, including cancer screenings.  There was also a big event where students showcased their musical and dancing talents. 

The annual Reading Challenge was also kicked off, where students read at least 50 books and solve math challenges as well.  The school and schoolyard is full of readers! 

We were honored to host a National Conference on improving school performance.  The Government asked to have the event at our school, and we were delighted to have over 100 visitors for the event. 

At the moment, our seventh graders are studying extra hard for the all-important Primary Leaving Exam (PLA) which determines whether they will be able to continue on the secondary school.  For the past 7 years, we have had a near 100% graduation rate!  We also want students from area schools to do well, so we share practice materials with over 20 schools.  The data shows that the area schools we have assisted through various outreach activities are among the most improved in terms of PLE results, so it is worth the effort.

A huge thank you to our supporters who make all this possible!

A student's artwork for the 10th Anniversary!
A student's artwork for the 10th Anniversary!
Community service by volunteers and students
Community service by volunteers and students
Happy to be at school
Happy to be at school

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