There are many negative effects which arose to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe and most of these were as a result of the measures put in place by different states to curb the spread of the pandemic. Among these was the closure of schools and higher institutions across the global. Currently approximately 1.725 billion learners worldwide are affected due to school closures and about 15 million learners in Uganda have not been in school for the past two months in response to the measures to limit the spread of the pandemic.
However, education is an undeniable right of children in times of stability and crisis. It is therefore a responsibility of the caregivers (parents or guardians) to ensure that children enjoy their right to education even during this period of the pandemic. Another Hope children's Ministries, we take care of children in different classes at different levels of education. Among them are kindergarten children, primary, secondary and vocational school. There are sixteen children at the children’s home Another Hope Children’s Ministries runs who are out of school due to the closure but we have taken measures to manage the education of the children until the opening of schools and higher institutions of learning.
Among the measures taken to manage the education of the children are ensuring the Library is in proper order to avail a conducive learning environment and learning materials like pens, pencils, and colors. We also encouraged the children in higher classes/ levels to help their sisters and brothers in lower classes and the staff members to help monitor the children by checking the work. We have also availed remedial work from trusted websites which we print and deliver hard copies to the children at different levels. Some of the children were given trial exercises from their respective schools and we have ensured they do these exercises.
Beneficiary A is a senior three student at Light College Katikamu and she is 17 years old. The beneficiary expressed her gratitude for the way they have been helped to acquire education even during this hard situation. She has managed to have time for her studies and she has learned more through using the reading materials given to her and there has been more time to revise what was taught at school because of the conducive environment. The textbooks bought for the children as requested have also helped her to manage education during the pandemic.
Every child has a right to education and acquiring education is one of the most powerful weapons in fighting poverty. Getting education may require making tremendous sacrifices by the guardians and the child which may include: prolonged separation from family and loss of culture, foregoing a luxurious life to meet education costs and many others. However, many children don’t have a chance to enjoy their right to education for so many reasons like poverty in the family, family break-ups and many other reasons. Looking at these factors Another Hope Children’s Ministries has always availed sponsorship opportunities to ensure that vulnerable children enjoy the right to education and this has been possible with support from you our friends. In 2019, we supported 119 children in education at different levels which include: Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, Vocational, and University. Among the children supported were some who were concluding different levels like primary level, Ordinary level, and Advanced level and this was a great achievement.
One of the beneficiaries narrates.
The beneficiary is a nineteen-year-old boy and the fifth born of seven children. He started school at her Aunt’s school in kindergarten but his parents got misunderstandings with his aunt and he couldn’t stay in that school. His parents used to lay bricks to raise his school fees but because they were many children, the money wasn’t enough. He was taken to a government-aided school where they only needed school requirements. His parents also separated and he remained with his siblings, with less hope, struggling and we prayed to God to avail opportunities for us to study. Then Another Hope Children’s Ministries came in and his hope was restored. He says that he was given a chance to enjoy his right to education by Another Hope Children’s Ministries and he is so happy that he concluded high school and he can’t wait to join University. He hopes for the best out of his last concluded National Examinations and his looking forward to doing a business course because his dream is to become a known businessman and consultant. He is proud that he has acquired some skills in art and craft which can help him as well in the line of business. He continues to thank God for Another Hope Children’s Ministries and all its partners who see that children like him get a chance to study.
Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of many young people nationwide. Self-confidence and leadership skills have been built in the lives of young people and it has given an opportunity to the students to utilize their unique gifts and talents. Vocational education prepares learners for creating their own jobs and this helps to reduce the number of job seekers. Many vocational schools have been opened up with very high school dues and this makes it inaccessible for many less privileged youths in different parts of the country who would like to acquire vocational skills. In the year 2019, Another Hope Children’s Ministries with the support from our donors had twelve youth both males and females enrolled at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design to acquire vocational education. With that support, the school dues of these youth for the past two terms have been fully met and the youth have learned a lot in their different fields that they didn’t know before joining. Some of these youth had dropped out of school because their guardians didn’t have resources to support them.
Beneficiary A is a female student at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design pursuing a certificate in Early Childhood Development aged 20. She lost her parents at the age of 10 and the sister took up the responsibility of paying her school fees up to 2017 when she finished the Ordinary level. At that point, the beneficiary had lost hope of becoming a teacher and she got a job at a restaurant to support her family members where she worked for the whole year of 2018. This year she was asked by the Executive Director if she still wanted to study and she agreed she was enrolled for vocational training. Now she is happy and her hopes of becoming a teacher were once again restored. She extends her appreciation towards Another Hope Children’s Ministries for the support and dream come true.
The education system in Uganda has a structure of 7 years in primary, six years of secondary education divided into four of ordinary “O’’ level and two years of advanced “A’’ level and three to five years of post-secondary education. At the final year of every level candidate sit for National examinations to select who joins the next level. The government of Uganda recognizes education as a basic human right and provides free education to children at different levels. However, due to the large population, the government has not been in a position to support all the children who need to access education. Different bodies have come up to support the children that have not gotten the chance to access free education through the government and among these is Another Hope Children’s Ministries. Another Hope Children’s Ministries through its donors has managed to help a number of children at different levels of education and in the year 2019, eight of our children were registered to sit for their final exams. Two (2) in primary, Five (5) in O level and one (1) in A level.
One of the twins who is a beneficiary of Another Hope Children’s Ministries.
Our beneficiaries are twin sisters of fifteen years who have been under the support of Another Hope Children’s Ministries from 2009 to date. Another Hope Children’s Ministries took the responsibility of paying for the twin sisters in pre-primary after knowing of the family’s sad story. Both of the parents to the twins are HIV positive and their health condition couldn’t enable them to meet the family's needs because they were always sickly. They spent little time working, the rest of the time was spent in hospital and the little income was always spent on treatment. This created a big gap in meeting the family’s basic needs and the education of children inclusive. From the time Another Hope children’s Ministries took the responsibility of paying for these twins school fees when they were in pre-primary, their hope for a brighter future was restored and now they are in the final year of Ordinary Level (S.4) and they are happy. With your, Another Hope Children’s Ministries has been able to deliver services to many more children.
Another Hope Children’s Ministries through Education for all project embarked on the journey to see that even after hopes for higher education are limited to some individluals in our areas of operation due to poverty, abandonment and other reasons, it all does not end because there is an opportunity with vocational training. Through this campaign, we have managed to train many youth in vocational skills and eight of our youth finished their training period and are waiting to graduate in December 2019. it is great to see that your support provided helped these students through school and give them another chance in life by preparing them with skills that will enable them stand on their own and make a living.
Among the eight, we have two who were delighted to narrate their journeys and how happy they are now that they have completed their trainings and await their awards
Story from Beneficiary
I come from Luwero District where I lived with my mother at the same time she covered the gap of a father since I never knew my father, I know he exists but I do not know where he is, my whole life I stayed with my mother and after her death, I completely lost hope, to me life had ended and there was no hope of going to school any more. Hope was restored when I was welcomed at Another Hope Children’s Ministries, here I was given a chance to study at a vocational school, I was asked what I wanted to do with my life and I told them I admired fashion so much and then I was admitted at Cogs well School of Beauty Art and Design am so happy that I completed my studies and await a certificate in fashion and design and as soon as possible get a job and work hard to accumulate money to enable me start up my own job in line with Fashion and design. I’m indebted to you all for your kind hearts and pray that God rewards you abundantly. Mummy Ruth and Uncle Daniel, you have been much more to me than you will ever know. Thank you so much for the second family you have given me and most importantly for your loving and caring hearts. I am a happy person because of your great help and I attribute my success to you because of the support you offered through Another Hope Children’s Ministries I await my graduation in December 2019.
We looking to send more students to school and have their lives change. You support enable many of the children our waiting list go to school.
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