Primary school in Kyangwali facilities given facelift
Malembo Primary School had rickety structures, six years ago; learners squeezed themselves to fit in limited classrooms and had to struggle with insufficient desks. And there were only a handful of teachers. The pupils’ enrolment was low, and the teachers’ morale was low.
But the situation has significantly changed for the better, with drastic improvement on learning facilities. The pupil population at the institution, situated at Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Hoima district, Uganda almost tripled in the last five years. There were 700 pupils, but the number has increased to close to 2000, mainly as a result of the influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and improved facilitates. There are only 18 pupils who are Ugandan nationals.
AAH Uganda gives the school’s 15 teachers a monthly incentive and provides learning materials such as books, pens, and chalk to both learners and teaching staff. Other items provided by the organisation include desks, chairs and tables. In addition, adolescent girls receive sanitary towels and inner clothes on school term basis.
“The incentives have helped us to buy motorcycles, which have made us report to school on time. We normally used bicycles to and from school, and this made most teachers not be able to arrive on time as they come from far,” said the school headmaster, Mr Innocent Tukundane.
To boost the infrastructure of the school, AAH Uganda constructed a fully-furnished five-block classroom to accommodate the surging number of pupils. The building was handed over to the school management, seven years ago.
Ms. Sarah Namono, AAH Uganda Assistant Project Officer for Education sector, says they will continue giving support to seven primary schools. “As part of our ongoing efforts to mentor schools’ human capacity, the organisation will continue to give technical support and supervision to schools such as Malembo, through management training and capacity building,” Namono explains.
One of the beneficiaries of the training at Malembo Primary School is Mr Nsengimana Ntahontuye, a refugee from DRC, currently a Mathematics and French teacher at the institution. “The programme has trained me in English and teaching methods. This has enabled me adapt to the Ugandan system of education,” says Ntahontuye.
AAH-I undertakes multi-sectoral interventions in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement such as education, health and livelihoods. Malembo is one of the seven schools supported by the organisation in the settlement, through infrastructure improvement and school feeding programme. One of the achievements of AAH Uganda in the education sector is the increase of children aged 3-5 years, in early childhood education from 26 percent in 2014 to 39 percent at the end of 2015.
There are over to 42, 000 refugees in Kyangwali drawn from DRC, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia.