Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students

by Outreach Uganda
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Build School Library & Storeroom for 650 Students
Teachers Using Library to Make Learning Charts
Teachers Using Library to Make Learning Charts

Our newly constructed library continues to play a key role in helping both students in excel in their studies as well as teachers excel in helping students learn. It is a key reason our school ranked number 2 out of 74 primary schools in our district on last year's national exams for sixth grade students.

The second term of the Uganda school year began this week and both students and teachers rely on access to the library to complete their lessons, and ultimately to help them perform well on their year-end exams.  Classroom textbooks are kept in the library so that students can access them after class or in their free time to do homework and do additional studying.  This is the only access they have to textbooks as well as additional readers and other non-fiction resources to help them in their studies.

One small room in the library is also devoted solely to teacher resources and helps the teachers prepare their lessons. The photo attached shows two teachers preparing wall charts for their classrooms. The library also provides additional meeting space for teacher meetings as well as school meetings with parents.

The last remaining funds needed for this library project is to provide additional textbooks for students. For younger students, there are either no copies of some textbooks or only a very few copies. We thank you for your support in making this library project a reality and hope you will share with your friends and family about the last remaining funds needed for textbooks!

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Librarian Lucy recording pupils at school library
Librarian Lucy recording pupils at school library

After a two year time period of no in-person schooling for many students, we're happy to report that the school year began this past Monday for all students from Nursery through university!  This means the Agwata school and its library are very busy!  This photo shows Lucy, the school librarian along with the Head Teacher, checking in pupils at the library.

This year's 5th and 6th grade classes are both very large classes with over 60 students in each.  This means that besides textbooks for the younger students, the library needs additional copies of textbooks for 5th and 6th graders. 

We hope that the remaining funds for this library project can be raised this year so we can buy the remaining needed textbooks as quickly as possible.  The need is great because the lockdowns and restrictions in Uganda during Covid caused most parents'/guardians' incomes to decrease drastically. 

Parents and students alike are relying more heavily on the school to provide the necessary textbooks and scholastic materials while the parents concentrate on providing food for their families.  Parents are struggling to recover their livelihoods in a very poor country which was unable to provide any help to its citizens or their businesses during the pandemic.

We hope our library can be a source of stability and a beacon of hope to students, parents and the community. Outreach Uganda staff and teachers alike are doing everything possible to encourage all students to return to school.  The library is a very critical piece of this effort.

We thank you for your past support of the library and encourage you to share this progress report with friends, family and friends who share a love of books, school and belief in the incredible importance of education in children's lives, or who might have faced and overcome hardships of their own.

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Top student Beatrice receiving her award.
Top student Beatrice receiving her award.

We shared with you last time in June that our 6th grade students had done well on their "mock" national exams that they had taken earlier in the year, and that they were awaiting the results of their real exams. Teachers, students and our staff were all excited about the students' performance this past year, They could see a direct connection between the availability of the library and its access to both textbooks and other books, and the students' improved learning and test performance. 

Well, we are very excited to share with you now that the results came out in July and our 6th graders achieved second place overall in the district out of 74 primary schools that took the 6th grade exams. It's a tremendous accomplishment. Five of our students (3 were girls) were the top 5 performing students in our sub-county. 

So, we thank everyone who has supported this project for contributing to this success story. It means that many of our students will be able to continue on to secondary school and that the top students will have choices of very good schools to attend for 7th to 12th grade. We have included photos of two of our 5  top students who received awards from the sub-county this past Monday to celebrate their exam achievement.  The 5 were quite excited about the mattresses they received since these are a required item for when they board at school in 7th grade.

With school scheduled to be back in session at the beginning of January, we would very much like to raise the remaining needed funds for this library project. As mentioned in earlier reports, they are mainly needed to purchase additional class textbooks for younger classes which often only have a small amount of textbooks that must be shared among many students. 

We do see there is a very direct link between each student having ready access to textbooks in the library and in class, and to their improved performance in school as well as their increased enthusiasm about school.

Please share this project report with teachers, librarians, friends, family and others you may know who are passionate about education for all!

Again, thank you so much for your support of this project!

Gifty, 2nd of five 6th graders receiving her award
Gifty, 2nd of five 6th graders receiving her award

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Teacher Patrick in the library's teacher room
Teacher Patrick in the library's teacher room

Both students and teachers continue to rely on the school's new library during this past year and a half.  We are grateful the building is finished and able to be used, and that it has a good collection of resources for teachers as well as textbooks for our older students. This has been very helpful during the past school year when the school schedule has been variable and often students needed to be at home learning on their own. The students could borrow library books to help them with their studies.

The 6th grade students took their very important year-end exams at the end of March. They are currently awaiting their results which are expected in July or early August. We hope they did well. On their mock exams a month earlier, they achieved 2nd place in our district which has almost 90 primary schools in it. We believe the library has been crucial to their success. Our library resources also help teachers prepare for their lessons like teacher Patrick is doing in the attached photo.

If the remaining funds can be raised for the library, we hope that our younger classes of students can also have a good supply of textbooks in the library to help them in their studies too!

Please let your families, friends and co-workers know about this opportunity to help young students excel in their learning. This is especially important when students studying on their own is often a necessity due to Covid-19 effects on the Uganda school schedule.

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6th Graders Using Library Plus Lucy our Librarian
6th Graders Using Library Plus Lucy our Librarian

We're happy to report our 44 6th graders have been back in school since October. They missed out on six months of school and have been boarding at school and studying hard to make up for the lost time.

Using the library has been key for them, allowing them to access textbooks outside of class time to study for the naitonal exams which are coming up in late March. They are grateful for the sixth grade textbooks that are currently in our library!

Not all classes are so lucky though. With the small amount of funding we obtained last year, we used the funds to buy textbooks for sixth graders. Hurray! This is because they are the highest priority class because they are the class which has national exams which determine whether they can continue on with their schooling at the secondary level (7th to 12th grade).

Textbooks for 1st graders to 4th graders are very limited. At most, 3 to 5 copies of textbooks for classes which may have 60 students. We hope to successfully raise more funds this year so that we can add many more textbooks for 3rd and 4th graders.

We thank you for your support of this very important project of initially building the library, and then continuing on with stocking it with the most important textbooks as well as teacher resource books.

We'd appreciate it if you would share about it too, with your friends and family!

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Location: Highlands Ranch, CO - USA
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Carol Davis
Highlands Ranch, CO United States
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