In Mid-October, schools reopened for the candidate classes of P7, S4, S6 (Grades 5, 10, and 12 equivalent) and finalists in tertiary colleges/universities.
Nyaka was thrilled to welcome students back to school after seven months of mandatory countrywide lockdown. Since their return, we have been following the Ugandan Ministry of Health's guidelines to keep students, staff, and the community safe. Soon after NVSS students returned, they began doing their part to help keep campus safe. The NVSS construction team built an in-ground system for the removal of wastewater from hand washing facilities and art students took part in designing and hanging up posters on COVID-19 control around the school.
We all remain hopeful that we will have all our students back in class soon. We are still awaiting guidance from the Ugandan government to let us know when non-candidate classes will be able to return to school.
Thank you for your ongoing support during this time.
Recently Victor, a primary seven student, took a moment to write a reflection on his time at Nyaka. Victor expressed his gratitude for his opportunity to receive an education and for you, our Nyaka donors that help make his education possible. "I thank Nyaka for what it has done to me and my fellow orphans," expressed Victor.
Victor wrote about his dreams of continuing his education to become an engineer after graduating from Nyaka. A hope-filled Victor says, "Before Nyaka...I had no hopes of going to school." Your gifts aid us in providing Victor a life-changing education at no cost to him. Victor can just be a kid and focus on his studies instead of having to find ways to pay for his tuition, meals, uniforms, medicine, textbooks, or other scholastic materials. Victor is able to play the sports he loves including soccer and basketball in his free time, thanks to your continued support.
Victor ends his reflection by writing, "Long live donors and well wishes!"
During the last few months, although students are not yet able to attend school, educating students has remained our top priority. Our teachers have been traveling across Kanungu and Rukungiri districts, providing educational materials including study packets and library books to our students, and working with individuals and small groups. Nyaka staff members are following strict COVID-19 protocols to keep themselves and the community safe.
During the Ugandan President’s address on Sunday, September 20th, he shared information on reducing the covid -19 restrictions nationwide including the reopening of schools for predetermined candidate classes and students.
We can’t wait to see our students back in the classroom!
On Friday, March 20th, Nyaka sent students home to their communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although students were going home, their safety and education remain a priority and necessity. Before going home, over 300 bars of soap were distributed amongst Nyaka Primary School, Kutamba Primary School, and Vocational Secondary School students. This soap allows students and their families to wash their hands in order to keep them safe. Along with soap, 644 school packages were sent home with students to help them continue learning for over a month after being sent home.
Since students have been home, Nyaka has implemented a new way of reaching students through radio programs. The first radio program was held on March 24th. Since then, Nyaka has held four live talk shows and had 518 radio announcements aired. The radio program has reached 400,000 people including students and other community members.
Your Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) held its second annual Technology and Robotics Camp in December. Students came ready to learn a wide range of tech information including advanced software, advanced robotics, foundation software, and foundation robotics. Students also learned how to code and program unique inventions solving some of Uganda's most pressing problems.
Students were so excited to take what they learned from the Technology and Robotics Camp to help their community. Multiple students went to local businesses to find the problems owners faced so that they can find a solution to help them through technology.
Your community has a lot to look forward to thanks to your Technology and Robotics Camp. Students are excited to one day create an app that will make bus transportation in rural areas more efficient and safer. They also want to create a website that will provide critical information on available jobs and application tips.
Your robotics club is changing so many lives and students are excited to take the education you're providing them to help their community! Thank you.
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