AAH students who are nurses at our Bupoto Clinic
This summer marks a major milestone for the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH). We are filled with pride to announce the first ever graduating class of university students. These graduates have been with us since day 1, having completed primary, secondary and university. Of the 41 graduating students, many have already lined up employment opportunities as mechanics, teachers, nurses and midwives to name a few. And we couldn’t be more pleased that some of our graduates will be bringing their skills back home to work as the school coordinator and teachers at our very own AAH, and as nurses in our clinic.
This major achievement inspires us to continue our expansion efforts so that more students can have similar opportunities. We are proud to serve 340 students in primary at Arlington Junior School, and 320 students through sponsorships at regional secondary schools. But in order to make the greatest impact possible in Uganda where traditionally only 14% of students in primary will attend secondary school, and only 1% will continue to university, we need to continue to expand beyond the four walls at AAH.
Our primary goal is to alleviate some of the challenges facing Uganda’s students and provide an opportunity for them to break through. We support 23 local schools in the Bududa and Manafwa districts. Our outreach efforts empower schools to follow what we at AAH believe are the pillars of quality education – an engaged teaching staff and regular student attendance, parental involvement, limited class sizes, lunch programs, and clean and adequate grounds. We also know that students who are rewarded for excellent performance, provided with opportunities to continue their education and who have access to mentors hold the tools they need to be successful. Currently we have served over 10,000 students through our outreach efforts.
As we reflect on the successes of the past, and celebrate the bright futures of our recent graduates, and the thousands of young people who are currently being touched by our programs, we are so thankful for our supporters, without whom none of this would be possible. Together we really are making a difference, one child at a time.