High quality education for children in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
High quality education for children in Uganda
Christopher In The Nyaka Library
Christopher In The Nyaka Library

“I would like to thank the Nyaka Library for the opportunity it gave me to use its books and space for free. As a student, I cannot afford to pay for the services I use at the library. Many days during lockdown, due to COVID-19, I could not physically attend class, but that did not mean my education had come to an end. Instead, learning at the library gave me more time for personal studies to research through community discussions. Whenever I didn’t understand something or couldn’t find information, the librarian was always there as a resource.

During our individual studies, students from Kambuga Sub County are very privileged to have a well stocked library. As a student taking science subjects, I was able to find relevant books which were not even at my school’s library. Through reading accessible books, I was confident that I would pass my examinations despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through coming to the library, I have been able to learn more new things and meet new friends through discussion groups. These friends were helpful because they could learn from me as I was also learning from them.

The Nyaka library is such a large part of my success as a student.”

- Christopher 

18-year-old senior six student enrolled at Kinkiizi High school and is a resident of the Kanungu District.

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Rabecca
Rabecca

Rabecca is a 17-year-old senior three student at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS). After graduating, Rabecca wants to be a cardiologist. She loves science and is involved in the Nyaka Robotics Club. While participating in the robotics club, Rabecca has attempted to make an automatic fan from scratch and has even had hands-on experience using a 3-D printer! These experiences have propelled Rabecca further into wanting to learn more about biology, chemistry and physics.

Rabecca says, “I am very assured and confident enough that Nyaka will help me get my dream job since it has always been there for me since I started schooling with all necessities being given to me and paying my school fees.”

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On Monday, January 10th, 2022 Nyaka welcomed children back to school! In order to keep our community safe, teachers and support staff have been vaccinated. Daily, staff members are doing all they can to follow the strict Ugandan Ministry of Health’s (MoH) operating guidelines including cleaning, maintenance, the provision of hand washing stations, masks for all students, plans for COVID-19 safe classrooms, etc. Medical personnel from the local Kambuga hospital, have visited Nyaka to address staff and students at the Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) to provide additional guidance on how to stay safe. 

Students are being tested regularly. Any student who tests positive is treated and quarantined to protect themselves and the rest of the community. We are grateful that at this time all infected students are recovering quickly. Students who are of age are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nyaka has a new coffee table book 'For Our Children’s Sake' available now. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE!

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After losing both parents, Rodger depended on his grandparents for everything. Being one of seven children, Rodger lost hope of ever attending school with his friends, because he feared his grandparents would not be able to pay for school fees, uniforms and other scholastics materials. Rodger’s grandfather learned about Nyaka schools from the local council chairman who told him that Kutamba Primary School was accepting new students and that neither students nor their guardians pay school fees. Rodger is now in the Primary three class and has gratefully benefited from his chance to receive an education: “... I am now able to read simple words on my own, write them and do some simple calculations. I am working hard to become a teacher when I grow up. I thank Kutamba for sponsoring me.”

 Students like Rodger are the reason why Nyaka exists and have done the work of creating programs to change lives. Rodger is a testament to the enormous impact our work has made on children over the past two decades.

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Students In Masks
Students In Masks

Like many countries in the world, Uganda experienced a very strict lockdown in the spring of 2020, which helped to reduce the spread of the pandemic (although at considerable social and economic cost, especially for those already living in poverty). 

On June 6th, 2021, following a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases, the President announced a second lockdown. Restrictions were further tightened on June 19thfor a further 42 days. At present all Ugandan schools are closed, there is a strict curfew in place and only essential workers with permits are allowed to move. 

In these challenging conditions, Nyaka continues to work to support students, grandmothers and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors, whilst taking all possible precautions to protect our community and follow government directives. 

 We are:

  • Distributing soap and masks to grandmothers and Nyaka students 
  • Providing health care via our community clinics
  • Providing medical care and support to survivors of SGBV
  • Providing counselling to students and others in need of support
  • Providing sanitary towels for girls and young women
  • Providing access to educational materials and library books. 
  • Sharing health education messages about COVID-19 via radio programming and other platforms
  • Distributing emergency food supplies

From everyone at Nyaka in Uganda, we thank you for your continued support!

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Tailoring Exams
Tailoring Exams

During the first quarter, Nyaka students completed their national exams. These exams determine whether or not students pass to the next grade level or graduate. The exams students took include the Directorate of institution training (DIT), Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), and Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) exams. 

52 students from Nyaka and Kutamba Primary Schools took their PLE, 32 students took their UCE exams, 16 Vocational year 2 students sat for their DIT exams, and 23 Senior 6 students took their UACE exams. Due to COVID-19, all students are currently at home waiting for results to be released by the Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES).

Until all students return to school, the MoES has donated Home Study Learning text books for Nyaka Primary School students and we continue to create and distribute additional study materials. Teachers have continued distributing study materials for vocational students who have not yet reported to school by traveling to visit students or having students come to the Kutamba and Nyaka libraries to pick their materials.

Also, 51 Nyaka vocational students are benefiting from a Grad Prep Program. This program offers additional support to students so that they can compete in the job market after they complete their courses. To keep students safe, this program was virtual, with each student accessing a CD with the recorded preparation materials. Students actively learn about a range of topics, including: goal setting, social media, financial literacy, job applications, resumes (how to tailor them to job advertised), cover letters, hiring processes, how to network effectively and benefit from it, and how to network with new people.

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Brick Laying Exams

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Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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