School team delivering home learning packs
Schools may be closed here in Uganda due to the Corona virus pandemic, but that has not prevented our children and teachers from learning and making a positive impact within the local community. Most of our families don’t have access to smart phones and therefore online learning isn’t accessible. In order to keep our children connected to their learning, Sadhguru school designed home learning projects to deliver to the children with weekly visits by teachers. In teachers’ own words: ‘in addition to other skills, the children have kept up with their literacy and maths skills’.
Below are a few snippets from our children enjoying learning within the comfort of their homes during this second lockdown. We would like to appreciate the team that has made this possible for our children.
Art: Toonda Community Centre and Sculpture Project(s)
A selection of our children have been getting involved with a local sculpture project at Toonda Community Centre. Local artist, Albert led the children in creating a permanent sculpture of a dancing lady at the centre, before German volunteer Leonie helped the children to add a splash of colour to the impressive artwork.
Meanwhile year 4 and 5 have been learning about human anatomy and armatures, creating smaller scale sculptures from wire and plaster of Paris bandage, during home workshops led by teacher Lily. The children hope to exhibit their sculptures at the community centre and lead their own workshops to teach local children how to make sculptures of their own. We can’t wait to see their final sculptures revealed!
Keeping up with sports
Our inhouse coach has taken a step ahead to ensure that the children keep up with their sporty skills in tag rugby and soccer. Ongoing sports trainings are happening at the community football pitch on Ndali estate and the training includes both Kasenda Sub county community children and our own children that live in this area. These children are keeping up with developing and enhancing their soccer and tag rugby sports skills during the current lock down as schools remain closed. Coach Denis in his own words: ‘’ it is exciting to see the fun, excitement, passion and big smiles on these kids faces’.
What’s hiding in the garden?
This period has created an opportunity for Early years to check for what’s hiding in their gardens with the support / guide of their visiting teachers, parents and older siblings in a more structured way. This activity is helping the children to perfect their reading and descriptive writing skills. As a result, some children have been able to observe different plants and animals and describe / write facts about them, identify their favourite plants and describe the different parts of a plant, their uses and what these plants need for proper growth. The children are happily working together and sharing knowledge with their siblings, peers and parents.
Attempting maths creatively
Both boys and girls have made great effort with their maths during this period. Various projects like cooking, have brought maths to life in the homes of our children in a rather interesting, creative and fun way. i.e. the children have been making good use of sticks picked from the nearby bush for their mathematics tasks, some were excited about writing instructions and demonstrating how to prepare their favourite food.
The children are also sharing their personal interests and challenging situations that happen in their daily lives with the teachers during weekly visits. This provides an opportunity for us to teach and guide outside the curriculum, all the while shaping children’s minds in a way that's relevant to their individual and communal living.
The lady is here
Mini sculptures created by our children
Lily giving some guidance to the children
Boys at the sculpture worskshop
Soccer in action
Coach giving guidance
Boys enjoy tag rugby
Boys at Tag Rugby
Peer learning at work
Older sibling working with the little one
Sanitizer always at hand
Early years at writing and reading
Mini Sculpture still in the making
A very big thank to Lily for making this happen
came rain or shine, our team delivers packs
Flowers to the team
See what we found in the garden