Educating students remains our priority. Our teachers have been traveling across Kanungu and Rukungiri districts, providing educational materials to our students, and working with individuals and small groups. Nyaka staff members are following strict COVID-19 protocols to keep themselves and the community safe.
We have continued to distribute masks and emergency relief to particularly vulnerable community members. As is the case globally, cases of sexual and gender-based violence have increased in our communities during and after lockdown. Our SGBV staff is working tirelessly to support survivors and provide them with access to medical care, counseling, and legal support to bring their perpetrators to justice.
During a school year, it’s very common for girls to miss three to six days of school monthly during their menstruation cycle because they don’t have the proper sanitary napkins. When girls become of age it can be difficult to maintain their grades. Missing that amount of school every month can negatively affect their grades, despite their best efforts to keep up. If their grades suffer too much and they’re not able to catch up, they might be forced to drop out where they will return home and help their family with the daily chores and work.
Gratefully, girls at Nyaka never have to worry about this because they’re all provided with sanitary napkins to help them stay healthy, comfortable, and ready to learn.
Even though students are learning from home right now, girls are still receiving sanitary products to ensure they have a sanitary and safe way to handle their cycle.
Nyaka’s Vocational and Secondary School (NVSS) campus is complete! This has been a long and exciting journey that will affect student's lives for decades to come. This school was built to provide a high-quality education to students who graduated from Nyaka’s primary schools.
In 2013, Nyaka broke ground on the NVSS, and two years later NVSS opened in February 2015 to 50 Senior One students. Just three years after NVSS opened, Nyaka completed the construction of the Multipurpose Dining Hall and Kitchen. We’re excited for students to return to campus so they can enjoy core courses like physics and chemistry in their new physics and chemistry laboratory. This lab will help provide students with the tools and confidence they need to compete for jobs after graduation.
The most recent construction included a large fence around the Vocational Secondary School to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.