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