In 2010 Adelante Africa helped to re‐build St. Joseph’s School, Igayaza. The local community founded this school in 2002 to provide education especially for orphans, very poor children and refugees. It is now a government aided school.
The school is thriving, with around 475 children compared to the 75 in 2008.
We continue to support the school:
1. We pay the school fees of all the children in the school who are orphans (approx. 140 – 150).
2. We pay for a weekly visit by a nurse and the medicines she prescribes.
3. We collaborate with the parents so the children get a cup of hot porridge every day.
4. We occasionally help with one off expenses. In 2013 the children and families scrubbed the walls of the classrooms and Adelante Africa paid for them to be repainted in maroon instead of white (they had become VERY muddy!). There is also a plan to provide lightening conductors for the buildings when we have sufficient funds.
UGANDAN PRIMARY EDUCATION SYSTEM
Primary education in Uganda is in English and lasts for 7 years (up to P7). There is an optional infant year, which parents have to pay for. At the end of P7 children do national exams in English, Science, Social Science and Maths. The results are put together and the children given one of five grades: Division 1, 2, 3, 4 or unclassified. Children who get Division 1 2 or 3 can go on to secondary school. The classes do not correspond to age groups. You can find children aged 10 in P1 and children aged 17 in P7.