On February 4, 2019, the 2019 school year began at St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda. Enrollment increased by 75 to 846 with class sizes ranging from 82 to 106, with 46 in Primary-7, the last class before secondary school.
All 18 teachers have enthusiastically returned to their classrooms. They will be attending seminars on how to interpret the curriculum, and how to recognize and deal with behavior problems of their students. Those problems include PTSD, violence in the home and alcoholism in their families. Many of those situations are referred to medical professionals located in the UN sponsored health center in the settlement.
Electicity and Technology
Wiring for outlets and classroom lighting is complete. The necessary pole should be available to install in a mid March, so the connection to the grid can be done and switches can be thrown! The $4,000 project was made possible through a special appeal to SFR supporters. The lap top computers, donated by Norway Savings Bank, along with the Rachel software are standing by for student and teacher classroom use. Next will be teacher training and implementation at Primary 7. The cost of training and ancillary equipment will be funded through outside sources, as yet to be identified.
Construction is underway for a new block of three classrooms. The rooms will replace the noisy, dirt floor, straw walled classrooms covered with a leaky metal roof, currently housing primary 1 and 2. The next facility upgrade will be to replace latrines.