Secondary School is scheduled to Resume in January, 2022
By Jan Tanis | Project Leader
Crew repairing plumbing
It has been very hard on everyone! Students, teachers and even the buildings suffer when the campus is vacant. The Bishop Comboni campus is a beehive of activity now to prepare for the students' return in January.
They are repairing the damage done in the last four months during the second closure; rains were very heavy and regular maintenance could not be done. Local workers are resurfacing some concrete walkways. Plumbing is being renovated. The campus will be ready for the 620 students who will be reporting back to school in January. Fortunately, the Library building was spared any damage. It had been protected by architectural innovations that kept it safe.
The books are on the shelves, although many open spaces cry for more textbooks and reference books to be added. The computers will soon be fired up again. The excitement is palpable. The upper levels of education in Uganda have successfully re-opened and have set the prescendent for safe operation. There is a lot of comfort in seeing vocational and university students back on their campuses for the last month. It is working.
It is an exciting time. Hooray for safety measures and students who are mature enough to follow them. Bishop Comboni's library will again be hosting its many students and playing an enormous role in their ability to compete and understand the world around them!
A second lockdown is underway in Uganda. While some business is open, schools and churches are currently closed; a major concern of the Ministry of Education. The graduating S4s had taken their National Exams during April of 2021. The 2020 Academic Year had finally drawn to a close for them.
The recent publication of exam scores for Bishop Comboni was met with an inventive headmaster. The top school in the District needed to share the good news with the best performers.
Even in these crazy times, the dedication of the students and teachers had to be rewarded. The scores were hand-delivered to the top students at home. Their reactions were reward enough for the tireless efforts of the administration.
This school, with its outstanding E-Library, has every right to celebrate. During the interrupted classes, the lockdowns, and the heartbreak of staying away, these students have never given up. We thank all who have generously supported their efforts with donations of books, computers and good will. The E-Library is waiting for the students to return. New books and computers will greet them when school re-opens. The 2021 Academic Year will begin soon, we hope.
New books have arrived and another computer is installed in the E-Library. It is a marvelous resource that is growing all the time. The 618 students are able to use this unique facility. All the additions enhance the library that serves not only the students on campus but also the surrounding community.
Some of the new textbooks focus on the vocational courses at Bishop Comboni College Kambuga which began in 2020. This important aspect of education, sanctioned by the Ministry of Education as part of the "Skilling Uganda" initiative, is just another example of the diverse opportunities offered. The school is now qualified to be called "Comprehensive" and continues to show the way in education. Girls are as prevelent as boys on campus; equal opportunites for all who enter this wonderful insitution.
The school continues to expand the horizons of those who study here. The generous donors to this project are seeing the rewards of their kindness. Foundations for an independent, productive, life are the result of education. It is being made even better when the world helps it happen.
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