Posted on October 23rd, 2018
Work has begun at HYT’s latest 1V project! In preparation for our Ground-Breaking event -30/10/18 – we caught up with Florence, the Headteacher, to learn more about Kawolo’s history and understand the challenges faced by the school.
The school was founded in 1945 by the Church of Uganda, originally as a kindergarten. In 1958, the London born Arch-bishop of Uganda, Leslie Brown was passing on the Kampala-Jinja highway and noticed the little school. A recent storm had torn the roofing from the make shift classrooms, the Arch-bishop took a shine to the school and funded the construction of permeant structures.
The classroom block, staff accommodation and church; built by the Arch-bishop 60 years ago are still standing strong. Over time, however, in line with Uganda’s population growth, the school has outgrown the infrastructure gifted to it, all those years ago.
More recently, the school is government aided under the Universal Primary Education initiative, awarding the school 2.8m UGX ($750) annually. This leaves little in the budget for school improvements or expansion.
The 220 pupils, ages 3-14, attending the school are crammed into a building designed for 4 classrooms. Classrooms are partitioned with wooden panels to accommodate two year groups in each room.
One of the greatest challenges faced by the school is the proximity to the Kampala-Jinja Highway. The road is the main trading route through landlocked Uganda, commercial and private vehicles speed past the school 24/7.
The road is a dangerous place, children are vulnerable to traffic accidents and abductions on their commute. In response to this danger Florence began accepting boarders in 2015, children walking long distances or through sugar plantations were welcomed to stay full time.
With a lack of funding, the school was unable to construct boarding facilities. The Headmistress and five teachers gave up their onsite accommodation which now serves as makeshift boarding houses.
Kawolo’s improvised boarding facilities have allowed the school to roll out a new initiative designed to help children with unstable or abusive home lives. Currently, 3 girls and 2 boys board full time at the school free of charge. Florence believes the program has kept children enrolled in school that otherwise would have dropped out.
The future looks bright at Kawolo Primary school, a recent WASH project carried out by World Vision installed two 20,000L water tanks and a shiny new Latrine with hand washing facilities. HYT now has personnel on the ground, ready to bring sustainable construction to a school that thoroughly deserves it.
School staff, the community and pupils have been wonderful in the early stages of the project. Although they had never heard of ISSB, they all share our concern for Uganda’s forest and welcome the new technology with enthusiastic curiosity.
First on the agenda: A two classroom block which will accommodate years 6 and 7. This will allow the lower years to spread out through the existing buildings.
HYT invites any interested party to visit the site to learn more about ISSB technology and HYT. The Ground-Breadking ceremony will occur on 30/10/2018, please email office@HYTuganda.com to confirm your attendance.