Primary School Graduation
Arlington Academy of Hope's (AAH) primary school and the Ugandan secondary schools are in recess, and both start the new school year on February 22nd. Our primary students are enjoying time with family, and helping them out, before school starts. Some of our secondary and university students are also back in the village, doing community service and getting prepared to head back to school. They also mentor the younger students.
We had races in Arlington, VA and in Uganda to raise funds for education. Most of our teachers and students in Uganda participated in the race there
Once again, the 7th graders excelled and passed the national Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) with flying colors! All of our 7th graders who took the exam passed, so they are able to continue their education in secondary school. All scored in the top two grade levels, with most getting "As". The only sad note was the passing of Miriam, a 7th grader who had suffered from leukemia since over a year ago. We brought her classwork and materials she requested to the hospital, and provided medicines and family support to give her dignity in a terrible situation. Such a brave girl - she insisted on travelling 6 hours from Kampala to try and take the exam so she could graduate with her class. Unfortunately she was too ill to take the exam, and passed away shortly thereafter. We were all very saddened by this news, as we had tried very hard to help her get better. We can admire her perseverance and courage. She was steadfast in wanting to continue her education.
We have three groups of teacher trainers from Marymount scheduled to travel to Uganda in the next few months. This is invaluable in-service training for our teachers as well as the teachers at nearby public schools (our "outreach" schools.)
We are awaiting results of university entrance exams, to see who will join our students at that level. This will be the 4th year we've had secondary school graduates go to university; we have over 70 in tertiary education now!
Thank you for being a part of our success! We couldn't do it without you. Please know it is making a real difference in the lives of the children that have so little.
Staff and students enjoyed a race!