DEVELOPING ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
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SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IN EASTERN UGANDA
Many UPE (Universal Primary Education) schools in eastern Uganda operate with limited school facilities, in terms of adequate numbers of classrooms, desks, learning aids and offices. With the majority of UPE schools located in rural areas, many also face common challenges accessing safe drinking water and providing appropriate sanitation. Many schools are in urgent need of renovation given decaying old facilities and the presence of hazardous materials.
Lack of classrooms combines with teacher shortages producing congested learning environments, undermining the quality of teaching. In many cases, teaching takes place outside under trees and is liable to routine disruption from bad weather. With limited resources available to extend access to water, rural schools are also especially vulnerable to the effects of drought. This situation exacerbates and preserves high levels of pupil and teacher absenteeism which continue to obstruct attainment in primary education.
TEP is working in Tororo district to address infrastructural challenges in primary education through assisting in the provision of resources to schools. Since 2015, we've funded the construction of classrooms, delivery of scholastic materials and desks, and installation of water systems in schools to assist in building local drought resilience.
RURAL SCHOOLS WATER PROJECT (2018)
In recent years, primary education in eastern Uganda has been undermined by recurrent droughts and concomitant water and food shortages. Initiated in early 2018, RSW has built on lessons learned from the previous years Namwaya Water Project and carried out further district monitoring to identify rural schools which face extreme difficulties accessing safe drinking water. In late 2018 RSW will facilitate the installation of mains water tanks at a series of 3 - 5 schools to assist in building drought resilience in rural education.
NAMWAYA WATER PROJECT (2017)
In August 2017 we began installing a 1500L mains water tank at Namwaya Primary School in Nagongera Sub-County, Tororo. During the months between August 2016 and March 2017 communities across eastern Uganda suffered under severe drought conditions. With no access to welled water on the school site, pupils from Namwaya P/S were traveling over 5km on foot to collect water from the nearest borehole and returning often with only a fraction of the needed supply. Installation of the tank, supplying treated main water, was completed in November 2017.
You can learn more about the devastating impacts of drought on primary schools in eastern Uganda here.
PROJECT RUGOT (2015)
In 2015 we sponsored the construction of the three classroom block at Rugot School Primary in Mulanda Sub-County, Tororo, in partnership with Food for Thought.
Rugot had historically struggled with inadequate school facilities, with only 4 classrooms to accommodate over 700 enrolled pupils in the year prior to the project. Lessons were regularly disturbed by bad weather and levels of absenteeism among pupils where alarmingly high. In July 2015 we completed construction of the new block, almost doubling the school in size. In July 2016 we also delivered 30 desks to the school.
You can read the full article about Project Rugot here.