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Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children

by Act4Africa
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children

Greetings to you, here is a quick update from Kathy’s Kindergarten amidst the ongoing pandemic.

As directed by the government, all schools have been closed since 20th of March because of the ongoing situation.

The lockdown has posed several challenges to both the children and their parents. Not so many of the children’s parents are in position to read and write, which makes it a really hard task for some of the children to learn while at home. Some parents get so caught up with household chores and growing food in their gardens, hence giving less or no attention to the child’s learning whilst at home.

Some of the homes are not conducive to enhance a child’s learning because they are too close to the roadside and hence there is a lot of disruption to children’s concentration.

Since the schools were closed unexpectedly, we decided as a school to provide the children with the first set of home learning materials that would keep them busy and we are glad to hear that parents are trying their best to help our children learn while they are home.

After consulting the parents on the progress of their children with the home learning materials provided, they gave us a positive response that the children were picking up, later on, we gave them the second set of home learning materials when the lock down was extended to cover the period that they were to be at school before holidays.

In this month of May, they are supposed to be in holidays already and so we did not give them any learning package for this period because we expect them to be resting from schoolwork for a while. Instead we gave all our kindergarten families a tray of eggs to help during this difficult period. The lockdown and the floods destroying crops has resulted in some families having nothing to eat. This gesture was appreciated by all our kindergarten families.

Meanwhile, in case the lockdown is still extended even after the holiday period we hope to continue providing them with the home learning materials to help them not to fall back in their education, and I believe one day with a great teacher is better than a thousand days of diligent independent study. The children were with us for a month plus before lockdown and therefore we are so hopeful that, if we keep providing them with the home learning materials, even while they are away from us, they will not fall back in their education.

Thank you to all our kindergarten teachers for their hard work in keeping our children educated during this difficult period and a special thank you to all our donors for making it possible for us to help the children and their families.

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Lucky, age 5, now in her third and final year.
Lucky, age 5, now in her third and final year.

Welcome to another year at Kathy’s Kindergarten, we are super excited to have sailed through our first 2 years so well, cheers to you for your support! 

We have something exciting to share with you! Meet our kindergarten child, Lucky, who has spent the past two years enjoying and sharing love while at Kathy Kindergarten school.

Lucky has swiftly moved with us since year one and has a lot of social and academic experience in her early life as a result.

Lucky is a first born in a family of 2 and her little sibling, Fortunate, is also here with us at Kathy Kindergarten. How lovely is it to have both children follow each other at our school? It shows a lot of confidence and love of the parents to the school.

Lucky started school when she was three years old, now aged 5, she is in ‘top class’. Teacher Jennifer says, 

"She is such a lovely girl who loves sharing with friends, helping others and learning new things, she is one of our top stars: her desire for learning and helping others to learn is mind-blowing!

We have planted in Lucky the good seeds of a bright mind and we are confident that, when she graduates this December, this will give her a firm foundation for a bright future. When she leaves and joins another level of education in another school we know she will represent us so well.

Lucky’s parents are also very happy and proud of Kathy’s Kindergarten. Her mother said

“I am so proud of how far you people have brought my child with her great improvement in her daily being as a child, thank you very much.”

Meanwhile, in this third year we are also extraordinarily excited to welcome new children into the kindergarten and spending time with them over the past few weeks has been an uplifting source of joy in our hearts. They can trigger strong emotions in us, as teachers that makes us smile, laugh or even just stare in bewilderment!  The unfiltered nature of a child’s mind leads them to do and say lots of surprising things! All of this makes us have some sweet things to say about them in return.

Teaching these children from day one and helping them learn gives us lots of memories that sometimes we store directly in our tear ducts. Teaching these young children can help us teachers also to learn many things. No-one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the souls of these young children. At Kathy’s Kindergarten we strive to unlock that treasure as we prepare bright minds to form brighter futures for all those who pass through the hands of the school.

We continue to strive for a bright future for our children to build a better tomorrow for us all.  Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

Lucky's young sister Fortunate joins Kindergarten
Lucky's young sister Fortunate joins Kindergarten
Fortunate & Lucky with teacher Joanne & friends
Fortunate & Lucky with teacher Joanne & friends

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Kathy’s Kindergarten academic year is ending on 30th November 2019 and this period has seen pupils undergo both academic and social transformation since the start of the year . A lot has happened in line with the academic standards of pupils which is our main objective but also the social spheres of children has greatly improved ranging from exposure, sharing, discipline and spiritual life. The daily experience of playing and interacting with their fellows and teachers, together with social and academic tours, has added a valuable additional way of life experience for the pupils.

The school is ending the year with a big event, ever dubbed “Parents Day”, which will also see our pioneer pupils graduate from Nursery level to Primary level. We are all looking forward to a joyous occasion. A lot of presentations, in form of music, dance and drama, have been prepared to showcase the pupils’ skills and academic standard to the parents and community at large. The parents have also decided to get involved and have prepared a dance competition.

One of the pupils graduating this month of November is Margret, aged 5.  A pioneer student at Kathy’s Kindergarten, she is the last born of 6 children and joined the kindergarten 2 years ago. It was the start of new era in her school life of formal education, full of English speaking, social interactions and sharing as the core basis for her daily school life. As a young girl she was used to a home life of being a lonely child since they have not many neighbours.  Her home is close to Kathy’s Centre on the outskirts of Mayuge town, but is surrounded by small fields and next to the main road. This lonely early life of Margret was so boring according to her mother, coupled with her difficulty in speaking so well as a child.

Margret’s life changed so quickly when she joined the school because even her by nature she is an active girl with ability to easily cope up with situations. From a past lonely life at home, to a playful life full of socialization and activeness in class which is a special attribute of Margret. Teachers talk well of Margret, both in class work participation and social life. Her ability to relate, share and lead others in group during playing and role play/games puts her ahead of the rest. Her class performance is so good that even her mother has applauded the teachers for the good grammar and storytelling from Margret while at home. She leads in music, dance and drama and currently she is among the main dancers at the ongoing preparations for the Parents’ Day.

Her love for studying means Margret comes to school early every day. She is always the first to report, with the help of her mother who is also the school cook. While in class early morning, she participates in arranging the chairs and play materials together with the teacher on duty.

We hope to see a great world champion in Margret in both academics and drama acting and we are so proud of such early characters in the lives of our pupils. They give us the basis for developing the best early start for children at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

Bright Minds - Brighter Futures, that is our motto as a school and we feel this is achieved by what is practiced with, for and by our pupils.

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Margret watching Kathy's Kindergarten being built
Margret watching Kathy's Kindergarten being built
Trying the equipment before Kindergarten opened
Trying the equipment before Kindergarten opened
Preparing for graduation
Preparing for graduation

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This month we bring to you Hatimah Namutamba one of our pioneer pupils at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

Hatimah joined the Kindergarten in 2018 at the age of 3 years, being her first time in school, she had a lot to learn academically and socially which was to be merged and associated to her daily home life. Thanks to your donations and to our committed teachers we have seen such young girls thrive in their early childhood start.

Hatimah is a female Ugandan aged 5 years and in middle class. Her parents who both live in the Mayuge district took the decision to have Hatimah start her early childhood education at Kathy’s Centre after being told by a friend about the exciting and beneficial educational environment set up for children like Hatimah. They have never regretted their decision and her parents said that ‘Hatimah today has developed so much since those first days she reported at school’. (See the picture of Hatimah taking a quick nap on one of her first days)

‘Hatimah shows unique attributes and qualities now from being at Kathy’s Centre and this consequently has shown to transform her character whilst at home too.’

Teacher Jennifer  is so proud of Hatimah and applauds Hatimah’s development noting that, ‘her zeal to learn whilst at school is so encouraging’.

‘She likes using English all the time, which has given her chance to advance her spoken skills and also greatly improve in her class performance.’  

Jennifer further notes that Hatimah is doing so well, ‘her activeness in class has made her an outstanding girl who is kind and thoughtful. She is always up for helping fellow pupils during activities in and out of class time, setting a good example for other pupils.’

Hatimah loves sports and particularly athletics, which she does with passion and for fun! ‘Her determination and enjoyment drive her to put up a good performance and she has always been the best in this area.’

If this talent is developed in the future, we could see a great athlete in Hatimah!’

Middle class teacher Grace said that ‘Hatimah is such a brilliant and intelligent girl, so willing to learn, socializing and helping others’, she added ‘in the sharing skills she tops her fellows’ which she attributed to a good start at home alongside her education.

When reporting back to school for 3rd term, Hatimah’s mother, whilst interacting with the school was full of praises for the work done by the teachers to improve the general lifestyle of her girl.

She reported ‘at home she is so helpful and likes involving in leading prayers and being so close to her elder sister which was not so common before.’

Just like at school Hatimah has surprised her parents and other people at home with the way she has changed in her lifestyle at such an early age.

Enjoying her time in the Role Play area
Enjoying her time in the Role Play area
Sometimes a rest is needed after learning!
Sometimes a rest is needed after learning!

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A smile to melt your heart
A smile to melt your heart

Meet Fahim, one of our pre-scholars at Kathy’s Kindergarten, who joined us in January 2019. He lives with both his parents in Mayuge district, five kilometres away from the school at Kathy’s Centre.

Fahim’s mother, Kevin, when consulted about her experience with our school, expressed total gratitude for the great role of modeling her child and laying a firm educational foundation at this early stage. “I am very comfortable with the hands handling my son, the school was opened at the right time when I was looking for the best school for him” she added.

Kevin believes in her son so much and just like it’s said, ‘behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first’. As teachers, we are equally proud to have such supportive parents.

Teacher, Madam Jennifer, is excited to express that he is such an active boy and willing to learn at any time. ‘I find it not hard at anytime to involve Fahim in any activity because he loves to learn new things and I am happy because teaching Fahim and his friends is an accomplishment and getting children like Fahim excited about learning is my greatest achievement.”

Madam Grace adds that “I love teaching Fahim because he is an interesting boy whose smiles can melt your heart, his love for music and dancing makes me confident that Fahim is going to be a passionate lover of whatever he sets his heart to, Fahim is an outstanding boy that learns with pleasure. When we learn with pleasure we never forget!”

Head Teacher, Mr. Amatre says “The boy is ready to learn whenever instructed to do something. He listens attentively when anyone is giving instructions, acts accordingly and reports anything which makes him uncomfortable to the teacher and loves sharing materials with other children.”

Fahim’s friends love being around him because he is so friendly.  Hashim who is Fahim’s best friend says, “I love playing with Fahim because he shares his juice with me”.  How lovely to know this about him!

At Kathy’s Kindergarten, we not only teach children how to count but also teach them what counts. We endeavour to provide the necessary environment in which they can learn.

Any monthly donation to our project will help us achieve our goal of bright minds and a brighter future for our children.

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