Give a child the start to education for a year

by Karin Community Initiatives Uganda
Give a child the start to education for a year
Give a child the start to education for a year
Give a child the start to education for a year
Give a child the start to education for a year
Aromo and her learning materials
Aromo and her learning materials

We made it to the end of 2020, a year we all thought would never end! As we put a close to one of the most painful years in recent history, I’m grateful that you have stood by children who desperately need education.

 

We are ready to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. But before we do that, we want to take a moment of reflection. Despite hurdles created by the pandemic, that closed all schools, we remained committed to supporting these children from very vulnerable homes. To this date most schools in the rural areas remain closed.  

 

However, for the period that the children remained at home, we thank you for generously supporting 50 children to receive learning materials in their home, and continue to do their homework. For supporting their teachers as they reach out to these children in their homes and encourage them not to give up. 

 

Aromo is just happy to be able to read and write something, “ I am grateful for the learning materials that teacher Lillian brings to my home, otherwise I think when school starts i might forget how to read or write” Aromo shared.

 

When we speak to the children they cant wait to dive into the new year with renewed energy and hope. From our family to yours, we hope you have a happy and healthy new year! Thank you for supporting our mission to send the vulnerable children to school.

 

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Okot outside his classroom
When the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in Uganda in March 2020, closure of schools followed. The education of 15 million children was disrupted. Children spend majority of their time at home playing, helping their parents with chores, engaged in agriculture but also spare some hours a day to study. The education of children has been impacted, in urban areas, some children are relying on lessons available online, televisions and radios, while those in faraway/rural areas, fall back on their notebooks and old learning materials.
 
In very remote districts such as Barogal, Omoro districts, children share their stories and what they miss most after their biggest support network -friends, who they are no longer in touch with. With lots of questions about tomorrow, these children are taking one day at a time.
 
7-Year-old Okot visits his class.   He longs to get back to school.
If not for the COVID pandemic, he and his friends would be in the classroom learning. Their story is not different from many other children who have been forced out of school due to the pandemic. They have been home since their school was closed in March 2020 as a preventive measure to fight COVID-19 disease. “I miss school a lot. I miss my friends. We used to study together and play together. These days I spend the day digging and helping my mother to sell bananas and other food items by the road side."
With a lot of hope, Okot hold onto their dreams of becoming a farmer after his education. Today he remains hopeful that the school will be open very soon. To support continued learning of children, support Okot and his friends to receive printed and learning revision materials to benefit those in remote districts. The materials are delivered to homesteads by the teachers and they will soon receive hers too.
his friends
his friends

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Dear friends,

With all schools shut and the country at large under lockdown, teachers through the Ministry of Education have tried to stay on the job despite the national lockdown. They are trying to teach remotely on television, phones and on radio. This is one of the most trying moments for the rural children in Northern Uganda a region devoid of technology.

Ouma is the eldest of the three children who has to gather his other siblings at 10:00 am to listen to Teacher Peter based in Kampala just after carrying out their house chores. When I wake up, I brush my teeth, bathe and then do my assigned house chores that include fetching water at the borehole in Barogal, before getting ready for our study sessions on our small "nakiva radio" Ouma says

Ouma's mother Atiku who has two other school-going children says her biggest challenge is keeping her children engaged and at the same level as those in other areas that can attain both visual and audio lessons because her children can only attend audio lessons. "I keep telling them to read their books but it's not easy, they keep dodging and end up switching the radio to other channels, they always run to the town centers to try to attend the lessons on TV because I cannot afford one though this contradicts with the government directive of social distancing," said Atiku

Children in rural areas and informal settlements where community-owned televisions are the norm, cannot use television lessons as this is in contravention of the government orders on physical and social distancing to stop the spread of COVID -19 "There has been a great gap drawn between our children in the rural villages and those in urban centers where households have television sets and electricity "said Omona one of the market vendors in Gulu market. As the lockdown continues and with the academic calendar drawing to a close, concern continues to grow as to whether learners like Ouma through the audio lessons will grow and be competitive in comparison with the urban students in Kampala and whether the lack of information for parents and learners on how at-home learning is to be assessed.

Please support these children to continue with their education through the radio. They need solar radios to help them learn.

Please stay safe and keep the social distance

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The school launch of Agape Christian School created so much excitment in the community. It was the first of its kind. This is an area that saw the worst of the civil war in Northern Uganda. Many young men and women were abducted and forced to become child soldiers. They missed out in education. 

The school had set up a committee to oversea this function. To the parents this was an opportunity to rejoice. To rejoice for so many reasons. But most of all to thank God for this achievement and for the opportunity their children were getting. The committe had planned many activities for the day, including prayers, plays, dance, lunch and speeches. 

By 6am, the children began arrriving to the school with theor parents. There was going to be a band march. They would march along the highway then to the school. 

The music blarring from the school attracted the local community to witness this occassion. The neighbouring primary school, wanted to rejoice with Agape Christian School. They sent a team of 50 pupils and music instruments to support the school with this celebration day. They do understand the challenges of starting something new. 

This year, two children graduated from the top class of nursery section to primary level. It was amazing! They celebrated with their parents and they received gifts from both the school and their parents and relatives. 

But most of all the parents rejoiced for the opportunity, knowing that with the school foundation, theri children were set for education. Many of them understand that education is the key to success. They are now hopeful that their children will for the first time get the much needed education, that they were denied from.

Akello is the mother of one of the graduants and this is what she said, "For me, this is unbelievable, I lost out in education, becuase during the war, we remained in the internally displaced camps. I got married very young because my parents died during the war. I always wanted to be a teacher. But I am happy for my child. I pray that she will continue to learn and become a great person in our community."

Friends we invite you to rejoice with us and the parents, for none of this would have been possible without your support. There are still more children who would like to go to school but their parents are unable to send them. 

I reach out to you to sponsor these children and support the school with books and reading materials. 

We also encourage you to sign up for a monthly recurring donation today. 

 

Thank you for your support!

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The new term has begun and the children have all reported on time.

We have continued to maintain positive relationships with parents and the community through a variety ways as the term begins. When we make our regular visits to members of the community, we encourage them to share with us what they are looking forward to seeing in this term and the years to come. Some of the ones we are not able to visit, we ensure that the information is shared with them. On a termly basis, parents are given mini-report slips which share with them some of the targets that they have expressed. As a school we celebrate not only academic targets but personal and social ones too. We have also made sure that we attend most of the functions in the community as well as meeting our local leaders on a regular basis, keeping them updated on the activities of the school. Weare grateful to our wonderful parents for their support and co-operation that has enabled the school to continue to grow at a slow but steady pace. We keep them informed regularly on the activities of the school and are happy to see that from time to time they come and visit the school and inquire about the academic progress and welfare of their children.

One parent who is very excited for the new term is Ms. Sunday. She has praised the management of Agape Christian School, for bringing a school in their village. For many years, parents in this community have struggled to send their children to school, and for the little children, it was always a struggle to walk 5km to the nearest school. And it was for this reason that many children skipped the early learning education.

She is now happy that her 3year old daughter can now go to school without getting very tired. She is happy with the teachers and can make a visit to school anytime to understand more about early learning education.

We are continuing to make good progress with the School Development Plan (SDP). We thank our partners and sponsors for opening doors for this community in terms of education. There are still many children in this community who are unable to attend school because of various challenges. 

I reach out to you to sponsor these children and their teachers. Buy books for the library. 

Tell you friends why it is important to sponsor children in education.

We also encourage you to sign up for a monthly recurring donation today. 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Hope Okeny
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