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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
Classroom
Classroom

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. 

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Beginning school is one of the landmark moments in a child’s life, but new beginnings can bring both excitement and anxieties for incoming nursery children.

 

“There are two major transitions to make – the first social, the second academic,” explains Lillian, nursery teacher at the recently opened Agape Christian School, in Barogal, Omoro District, which is still in the process of registering children.

 

“How big a transition it depends on the child and the background that they come from,” she says. “If they are coming from a family where some children have attended school before, it can be less of a transition. It also matters how important education is to their parents. In this area, early learning education is still a new concept. Parents will weigh whether to take the child to an early learning school or wait until primary school. The challenge here is most times they will not pass the primary interview and therefore struggle throughout their education

Lillian and her team have been visiting homes and markets around the school, encouraging parents to bring their children to school. “One of the biggest challenges, that is depriving children of starting early in school is the low level of incomes of most of the parents in this community”, Lillian said

 

When young children come to school and find a friendly environment, it helps for them to quickly transition and love school. Children make friends very fast.

 

Agape Christian School is a new early learning school that has been established in Omoro District with the aim of building a foundation of quality education for this community. For us to encourage more parents to send their children to school we need to continue sensitizing them about the importance of education.

We want to enroll 150 children this year. I would like you to support us in this work because we all agree that education is key to development.

 

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Some of the children on our sponsorship pogram
Some of the children on our sponsorship pogram

Mid January this year, children in our community who are beneficiaries to Karin’s Child sponsorship program had a party to cerebrate their accomplished milestones. This is a program that helps the vulnerable children attain education by paying their tuition and other school necessities. 

Children who didn't dream of ever attaining formal education in life are having their dreams come true and despite the challenges most of these children go through at home before starting school in the morning, most of them defy the odds and go on to excel highly and are promoted to higher class levels.

Significant barriers to education in Northern Uganda especially in our community Gulu include poverty, child labor and unequal access to education due to gender and cultural factors. Karin Community Initiatives through its women empowerment programs is making tremendous strides in equiping families with self help programs for example cows for diary farming, energy cooking stove making and artifacts making so that women can earn a living, feed their families and take their children to school.

Poverty also affects the quality of schools and the quality of education these children receive in our community. Since most of the existing schools were abandoned during the war which devastated the community in the previous years, the quality of education has also dwindled. Karin thus addressed this challenge by embarking on a school construction project.

Through the Agape Christian school project, KCIU envisions a world where all children have opportunities to develop their skills and talents and the chance to reach their full potential. Its sole mission is to improve the quality of life of deprived children in rural Northern Uganda though creative early childhood development programs that build their minds and spirits and empower the communities to change their lives for the better. At least 50% of the pupils from poor families will get tution-free education.

Agape school under construction
Agape school under construction

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Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course of every child. At Karin we believe that the foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional– are laid in early childhood.


It's also important to note that what happens during these early years (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being– from tropical diseases like malaria, and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status.


As thousands of children lost the care of their parents or were separated from them during the LRA war, most of these children have been forced to live in extended families. Since most of these extended families are mostly headed by widows, it can be incredibly difficult for them to meet the children’s needs in financial, social, psychological, educational and health terms.


On a good note, the school construction is progressing on well. The class structures are being painted with amazing colours and graphics that relate to children. The builders are also working around the clock to fit in the window and door flames with their glasses. We have seen tremendous progress and we strongly believe that our pioneer students may enrol sooner.


The constructed school will ensure that children have access to essential health and nutritional services, as well as education. We shall assist parents by providing guidance on income-generating skills and parenting practices, as well as counselling and psychological support where needed.


However, more resources are needed to finalise the school structure and also equip the school with scholastic materials including children text books, pencils, pens, crayons, toys and sports equipment like balls, tennis, rackets and sports wear.


This is why we need good partners like you to help us make our goal a reality and help the young generation in our community by giving every child the best start in life as one of the key mechanisms for equalising the life-chances of children and reducing social adversity.

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School Construction in progress
School Construction in progress

Dear Friends,

It is a great pleasure and excitement for us to announce: that we are almost completing the construction of the Agape Christian Nursery school in Koro, Omoro District. The school has clean water, too!

The school will support some of the greatest challenges this region faces- Education. Quality education is required to accelerate the country’s socio-economic development by making the population functionally literate and productive. Conflict and instability have plagued northern Uganda for decades, yielding severe consequences for the protection of people and their rights. Children and education systems suffer greatly from the consequences of war and violence, and the instability in northern Uganda is no exception to this trend.

Although education has the potential to be life-saving and life-sustaining, children and entire communities are being denied of their right to education. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was notorious for abducting children from schools in northern Uganda, which further impacts already-suffering enrollment rates and quality levels. Although the LRA has now migrated into the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Africa Republic, there are still the issues of post-conflict in northern Uganda, and the region continues to suffer from the effect instability and violence.

Northern Uganda is ‘lagging’ behind the rest of Uganda across a range of development dimensions, in terms of education access, the conflict-affected Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda fares relatively well. The poverty decline in Uganda has not been experienced uniformly across the country. In the Northern region of Uganda, for example, poverty decline has been modest at only approximately 17% since 1992/93. This is compared to substantial progress made in the West and Central regions of Uganda, where poverty has declined by around 60% since 1992/3 (World Bank, 2007b: 3).

The northern region has the highest poverty rate, highest annual average population growth, highest fertility levels, the highest proportion of people living in a hut and the lowest proportion of people owning a mobile phone. Quality education is in short supply in northern Uganda. Children and their families are caught in a vicious circle of poverty and ignorance. They are unable to break the shackles of the gripping poverty and ignorance.

Quality education is a major way to deal with this dire situation and that is why Agape Christian Nursery School is founded. Agape Christian Nursery School will be a community education Centre that will provide education to the vulnerable and shall admit children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years, for a full day five days a week program.

Agape Kindergarten School will initially offer pre-primary education to 50 learners and in the near future offer primary education. We believe that we can break the cycle of poverty by building the minds of the communities by improving their quality of life through creative early childhood development programs.

We believe that we can break the cycle of poverty if children are empowered to develop skills, vision and drive to make improvements to their community. We shall find inexpensive solutions that are not complicated. We shall use low-cost and practical ways, using local resources, to bring about lasting change. We plan to open the school in February 2019. Much is still needed to support this school. We need to build a playground for children, purchase scholastic materials.

We reach out to you for support to get this school running for the children who are all eager to start learning. Join us on a journey of providing a future for children and see them explore their potentials. Please share this journey with your friends and watch how we shall grow together. I encourage you to consider signing up for a monthly recurring donation today.

Thank you for your support!

 

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Karin Community Initiatives Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Hope Okeny
Gulu, Gulu Uganda

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