Platform for labour Action continues to provide support to 26 girls with school lunch, scholastic materials and physiological support in all aspects of their lives, this with support from Global Giving. The beneficiaries go to government owned schools whose funding for school fees mainly comes from the Ugandan government, the schools that the girls go include: Elia Olet primary school, Lira Modern primary school, Lira police primary school, Lira primary school, Ojwina primary school, Starch Factory primary school, Lango Quran primary school, King James primary school, Railways primary school, Adyel primary school, Canon Lawrence primary school, Lira Parents’ primary school and Sir Samuel Joe nursery and primary school
This project has made a difference in the lives of so many girls in northern Uganda with access to education that has in turn built their self-esteem and performance through the continuous counseling and monitoring from Platform for Labour Action.
In this quarter of July, August and September 2014, there were various activities that were carried out in the project as highlighted below.
SCHOOL MONITORING VISITS
35 school monitoring visits were this quarter made to the different schools that were inclusive of Lira Modern primary school, Lango Quran Primary school, Adyel Primary school, Lira parents Primary School, Sir Samuel primary school, Canon Lawerence primary school and Lira primary school. The visits were made on a daily basis
This quarter the beneficiaries are studying harder as they prepare for their end of year examinations for the pupils in primary 5 and 6 while the pupils in primary 7 are studying hard to perform better in their primary Leaving examinations.
The visits were to also find out the beneficiaries fears, encourage them and monitor their class notes and exercises that they have been carrying out
During the visits one major thing that the program Assistant realized is that some beneficiaries have this quarter moved to others schools like Apio Cinderella who is now in Ogur. The reason for their leaving is that that the beneficiaries have been convinced during the holidays that the schools are not of standard yet this is a trick by some guardian to get these girls out of their homes. A follow up is being made in such cases.
Made 4 home visits to beneficiaries, this was a follow up visit to the beneficiaries who had been going to the school for holiday studies, one of the questions that I asked the beneficiaries, was if they had leant new things during the studies and they had. As this was demonstrated in some of the exercises that’s they had carried out after the lessons.
All the beneficiaries that were talked to got counseling from the organization, some of the beneficiaries were able to share personal issues while the majority had mainly challenges at school psychological support was therefore provided to those children who seem to decline in performance to help them realize the importance of education and thus improve on their performances.
CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT
There is need for more support for the beneficiaries’ especially the girls that will join secondary school next year 2015, the funds will support the girls scholastic materials both meals and development fees at the different schools.
The cost in secondary school is higher than the current primary schools fees.
This quarter PLA program Assistant managed to talk to more than 5 guardians about the girls under their care; this was after talking to a number of girls that had issues the way they are treated in their different homes.
One of the guardians Musa Opaka has agreed to contribute 100,000 to the education of Epilla Faridah who is now in senior one at Lira Town College. With this amount, she remains with a balance of 150,000 which she is requesting the donors and Platform for Labour Action to support her with.
As the primary seven beneficiaries prepare for their primary seven examinations, there is need to plan for how they will continue to receive support in secondary school, the girls have worked hard to improve their performance so as to join secondary school.
PLA will continue to support the girls in providing them with physiological support during home and school monitoring visits thus, they will also have a holiday event in December to personally share with PLA Staff their personal issues and the support that they will need.