Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda

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Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
Adopt a Child's Education in Rural Uganda
The art of using rocks to create crater lakes
The art of using rocks to create crater lakes

We are lucky to have received another team of long-term volunteers: Yogesh and Tanamayi from the US and India, and Carlo from Kenya, joined us in January and are helping to set the school on fire.

As you can tell from the pictures below, there is so much color trending: the paint brush is at its peak. Dance classes have evolved: the kids are now enthralled with Bollywood dancing as well as traditional African tribal dances; and they can't get enough of the new natural 'fallen tree' playground, where they are being slowly introduced to a form of 'parcours', called MovNat.

Meanwhile, Yr3 and Yr4 have been exploring the crazy craters in our region of Uganda. As an entry point into their topic, the children were taken back to the beginning of time to explore what the earth looked like before the continents were created. While studying about the earth millions of years ago, the children were passionate to learn more about dinosaurs. They have been working hard to create the very first dinosaur museum in Western Uganda. They have written information texts in Literacy class, built 3D dinosaur skulls and created some lovely artwork, studying in depth  their favorite prehistoric animal. Following on from this, they have been learning about the structure of the earth, and are next going to study our very own (as in, right on our doorstep) rift valley.

Yr1 and Yr2 have been discovering more about habitats and animal adaptation. It just so happened that one morning a beautiful camel and her owner were walking past the school. Luckily, they kindly agreed to come in and visit. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand about animal adaptation. We studied its long eyelashes and hairy ears for keeping out the desert sand. We looked at its broad hooves, and learnt about its hump for storing food. We also discussed how the camel's mouth is very tough which makes it perfect for eating spiky cactuses. One fact we all excitedly discovered was that a camel can close its nostrils in a sand storm.

Thank you Hattie, for choosing to volunteer with us during your gap year period. Yr3 and Yr4 are loving the netball (heavily rivalled by the staff) thanks to your meticulous introduction and tireless coaching; not to mention that you first had to design, source the steel, and make the goal posts in a day with our non-english speaking welder Julius.  

The Art as inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
The Art as inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
See all these Dinosaurs
See all these Dinosaurs
Yes. We made it
Yes. We made it
See what i have got
See what i have got
Here i am
Here i am
Yr1 at it-creating own mixed medium shoe habitats
Yr1 at it-creating own mixed medium shoe habitats
More habitats from all around the world
More habitats from all around the world
We all love the Ocean
We all love the Ocean
Awesome fish
Awesome fish
Here is the lovely Camel
Here is the lovely Camel
We loved the netball game
We loved the netball game
We all enjoyed the game
We all enjoyed the game
Isn't this so beautiful
Isn't this so beautiful
Traditional dance in session
Traditional dance in session
The Art as inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
The Art as inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Indian dance
Indian dance
This is some awesome stuff happening
This is some awesome stuff happening
And now yoga
And now yoga

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Sneak preview of our 2019 calendar
Sneak preview of our 2019 calendar

We have a new art teacher who joined us this term - Laura is causing a revolution among the children with a paint brush, and opening our eyes to a whole new set of possibilites at Sadhguru School.

In our excitement we wanted to share with you a draft preview of a 2019 calendar we are working on as a small fundraiser and awareness campaign, using the children's artwork - all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to supporting Sadhguru School.

Quotations on each page are from our founder, Sadhguru.

The ink paintings above and below of years 2 and 3 (ages 6 to 10), with the exception of the cats, are partly inspired by their trips to Queen Elizabeth National Park, 2 hours drive from Sadhguru School.

We hope you too enjoy the exhuberance.

 

Oh Yes its Raining Again

How could we resist sharing this Purple Monster image below? Splendid raincoats for everyone with thanks to Maureen.

 

With love

Bliss, the staff, children and volunteers at Sadhguru School

Pussy cats galore
Pussy cats galore
Year 2 in Queen Elizabeth National Park, early Nov
Year 2 in Queen Elizabeth National Park, early Nov
wooooooo, I'm a friendly ghost
wooooooo, I'm a friendly ghost
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Jonathan Scott arrives
Jonathan Scott arrives

Purrrrfect

We were blessed with a flying visit, literally, from BBC Big Cat Diary presenter Jonathan Scott, who dropped in on us by helicopter, to squeals of excitement which narrowly missed the helicopter taking off again 'flown' by 50 small aspiring pilots (you might remember from the previous blog that they'd already coincidentally had 'flying lessons'). Jonathan regaled the kids with fabulous snippets on cheetahs, lions and leopards, but his best piece of advice came from his old teacher who told him, 'The best thing you did in your life was not to listen to my advice'. (See the two min movie below, under 'Links').

International Day of Yoga

We celebrated June's International Day of Yoga (IDY) in a big way, with an eight day yoga workshop for Years Two and Three (ages 7 to 10), led by an irresistible Isha Yoga teacher who joined us from South India and who wooed us within minutes of saying Sadhguru School children had a healthy balance of vivacity and attention, and that we must be doing something right not to have supressed their exuberance but at the same time to have kept them engaged with their daily yoga practices - which have been happening since we opened in January 2017. During the workshop the kids learnt Surya Shakti (a dynamic form of sun salutation, which cultivates great physical fitness and strength), played games, learnt about caring for themselves, each other and the environment, drew pictures of what they had learnt, and put together a finale of dancing and singing performed with much aplomb in front of their parents. 

Meanwhile, for each of the eight days, the imperturbable Stina from Sweeden, who has been a volunteering angel in the kitchen, was teaching our kitchen staff such exotics to the rural Western Uganda palate as banana, chia seed (now grown in Sadhguru School veg garden!) and cinnamon smoothie, gooey banana biscuits, date energy balls, pumpkin and coconut soup, hibiscus honey tea, and lettuce, cucumber, parsely and corriander sandwiches (all grown at school) on homemade brown bread. These were all tentatively trialled on the yoga workshop-going kids at the end of their morning sessions, as so far we've been sticking to a fairly conservative menu based on the traditional local diet. We honestly thought they would pull the lettuce and cucumber from out of the bread... but within seconds the sandwiches had disapperared, innards 'n all, and they were begging for more, and we were jumping for joy.

World Environment Day & Recycled Sports Day

Taking heed of the 5th June World Environment Day call to action: 'Beat Platic Polluniton. If you can't reuse it, refuse it', the children had a presentation and video session on how plastics are damaging our planet through irresponsible use; and then got together into their house teams to clean up their local market village, Rwaihamba, where plastics float, bob, ebb, sway, and mulch in a chaotic market sea. This was followed by a Recycled Sports day afternoon whereby, still in the same house teams, they competed against each other using footballs made our of yarns of plastic bags woven into a ball, and obstacle relay races where the 'baton' was two full shopping bags, and obstacles included old car tyres, and a chance to show off their recently learnt forward roll from gym class. This was the first full sports session on our now ready-for-use beautiful hoe-levelled and hand-planted playing field, which we had been longingly watching gestate, forbidden, in her own sweet grassy time. (See the 70 second movie below, under 'Links').

Summer School: Music Dance Drama Week

The week following the end of term was fired up into mornings of music, dance and drama, led by Wanjiru, visiting from the UK and of Kenyan descent, who gave herself wholeheartedly to inspiring the children (see penultimate pics), despite a painful leg injury. In her own words:

'In the school I found the kind of ethos that I sought all my working life; a balance between play and work; creativitiy and information; stillness and activity; yoga and dance. I spent nine intensive days in a valley in Ndali, surrounded by hills, and the children soon started to open up like beautiful flowers in springtime.'

Learning Showcase for Parents

We held a special day for parents from the local Ndali community around Sadhguru School to experience how their children are learning, through methods unfamiliar to them which involve no blackboard or homework. If any of you are a little confused as to what active learning means, I hope the below 4 minute movie under 'Links', 'Learning Through Discovery and Play', will shed a little light.

 

With love, 

Bliss, Lulu and Jane

Jonathan Scott sharing Big Cat images
Jonathan Scott sharing Big Cat images
Giving the heli a helping handstand
Giving the heli a helping handstand
Kids 8 day yoga workshop
Kids 8 day yoga workshop
Yoga workshop: sukha kriya
Yoga workshop: sukha kriya
Yoga workshop art from Precious: flower smelling
Yoga workshop art from Precious: flower smelling
World Environment Day: teaming up
World Environment Day: teaming up
local market - rubbish collection
local market - rubbish collection
Recycled sports day & hooray the grass has grown!
Recycled sports day & hooray the grass has grown!
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama performance under The Magic Tree
Music Dance Drama performance under The Magic Tree
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama Workshop
Music Dance Drama Workshop - Wanjiru on right
Music Dance Drama Workshop - Wanjiru on right
Learning Showcase for parents: carpentry
Learning Showcase for parents: carpentry

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All aboard the flight - settling in for take-off
All aboard the flight - settling in for take-off

The children of Sadhguru School went on a flight of fancy that led to a week of whole school cross-curricular learning about aeroplanes and transport. 

Whenever we hear the hum of an engine in the sky above the school, our younger children often run outside to look at the light aeroplanes and helicopters that fly over us, taking tourists to neighboring Ndali Lodge and the nearby tourist attractions. Drawing upon the expertise of our international students, we decided to build a model Boeing 747, and set up Ndali Airport under the 'Magic Tree'. 

Our international children explained and demonstrated the process of booking a flight to a destination, checking in, and going through passport control and security at an airport, as well as the experience of being on board an aircraft.

Children made passports, researched and planned holidays to destinations all over the world. They made lists and packed suitcases according to climate, weather and possible holiday activities. Children learned about the different systems and respective roles of the ground staff at check-in and security, the pilot and crew, and what it would be like to have a birds-eye view of the earth below. Their play led them to investigate flight and air; to follow instructions to make model aeroplanes from junk materials; create a fair test to find the best paper aeroplane; make parachutes from different materials and draw maps and routes for destinations all over the world.

It was a joy to see how children from the local rural villages of Uganda joined their widely travelled classmates in playful learning, to share experiences, broaden their vocabulary, horizons and imaginations.

In other news, as part of our cross curricular topic on animals, we took Class 3 to Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the wild animals. Although it is just 2 hours drive away, only one child and none of the teachers had visited the park before. In their excitement, all 17 children in the class spent the first hour singing songs of jubilation.

Soon they were at the Equator, which they had studied as part of the geography-focused elements in their topic.Then on to the Queen’s Pavilion for lunch, and a quick history lesson as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had also stood on the same spot in 1954. Here they were lucky enough to see elephants, which they had studied previously in class, as well as Uganda kob and warthogs.

Many of the children enjoyed travelling on top of the cars, taking in the lovely views, spotting animals and feeling the wind in their hair.They learnt how to focus the binoculars that had been donated to the school and were thrilled to see many more large herds of elephants in the craters on their evening game drive and picnic. The cars had also been kindly lent free of charge by the parents of Lola and the Headteacher, Jane O’Leary.

Despite their over-excitement about sleeping in the park’s hostel for the night, the children were up ready at the crack of dawn for their morning game drive where they spotted a lioness resting regally in a tree.

Setting up  flight check-in
Setting up flight check-in
Work on the aeroplanes in progress
Work on the aeroplanes in progress
Luggage inspection
Luggage inspection
Security point
Security point
Air hostesses Lola & Emma counsel the passengers
Air hostesses Lola & Emma counsel the passengers
Flying demo
Flying demo
Quick pic before team set off to Queen ElizabethNP
Quick pic before team set off to Queen ElizabethNP
At the Uganda equator
At the Uganda equator
Focusing with donated binoculars, lovely views
Focusing with donated binoculars, lovely views
Teacher Majid tries his luck with his phone camera
Teacher Majid tries his luck with his phone camera

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The two new classroom blocks under construction
The two new classroom blocks under construction

The past four months have been an exciting rollercoaster for the entire team at Sadhguru School. A big thank you to everyone that has made a contribution towards this beautiful journey so far. We have built two additional classroom blocks, built new showers, and completed one volunteer accommodation block. Our nutritious meals are now prepared in an improved kitchen and we have had two new class intakes for the 2018 academic year.

The 12 new open-air showers allow the moonlight and sunshine to flood in. The showers are built in the local style with mud, reeds, sand and cow dung. The walls are coloured using white soil dug from a nearby hillside. The changing room benches are made from old avocado and fig trees that were thinned out from Ndali estate cattle fields. We are focusing on using natural resources, keeping costs and environmental impact to a minimum.

The whole of January 2018 was dedicated to fundraising for Sadhguru School through a stream of Hatha yoga programmes in Kampala and a 4-day retreat at the school. Three Isha Hatha yoga teachers from the UK, Holland and Kenya dedicated long days without pay for over a month, working seven days a week to raise awareness and funds in Uganda about Sadhguru School through Hatha yoga workshops. These workshops and retreat were carefully planned and coordinated by Isha volunteers who worked tirelessly to make all the activities possible.

New intake academic year 2018
New intake academic year 2018
New classroom blocks
New classroom blocks
Volunteer Accommodation block
Volunteer Accommodation block
Our improved kitchen stove
Our improved kitchen stove
Uses minimal firewood
Uses minimal firewood
Ndali Estate view- Pic courtesy of Michael Poliza
Ndali Estate view- Pic courtesy of Michael Poliza
Hatha yoga teachers for the Jan'18 yoga workshops
Hatha yoga teachers for the Jan'18 yoga workshops
Yoga retreat team
Yoga retreat team
Looking from showers to volunteer rooms
Looking from showers to volunteer rooms
Aerial view of Sadhguru School: Early build days
Aerial view of Sadhguru School: Early build days
Welcome soda break from shower building
Welcome soda break from shower building
Showers going up: elephant grass reeds&eucalyptus
Showers going up: elephant grass reeds&eucalyptus
Storage house completed
Storage house completed
Test driving donated Binoculars
Test driving donated Binoculars
Aubrey Price&Clare Murumba Price: on yoga retreat
Aubrey Price&Clare Murumba Price: on yoga retreat
Sharing a meal during yoga retreat
Sharing a meal during yoga retreat
Traditional style shower built with mud and reeds
Traditional style shower built with mud and reeds
Keeping it simple: Cooking pots for basins
Keeping it simple: Cooking pots for basins
Birder Derrick with Dillon&second classroom block
Birder Derrick with Dillon&second classroom block
Open-air showers
Open-air showers

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