THERESA NGORA OKOBOI P/S.
BOX 50, NGORA, UGANDA.
DATE: 19/ 06/ 2015.
TO: OUR PARTNERS IN DEVELOPMENT,
RE: UPDATE REPORT FOR FROM NGORA-OKOBOI PRIMARY SCHOOL.
We do thank you and your team for supporting us in 2011 to start renovation work for St. Therese Ngora-Okoboi Primary School in northeastern Uganda. We are full of gratitude that, since then, we have achieved the following:
- With your help and support, we have managed to start renovation of the old block, which has six classrooms and two offices. One third of the block has been re-roofed through your support.
- The school, together with the community, received support from the government of Uganda—dthat is to say NUSAF II project, which helped us to construct a two-ine teacher’s house. This is very important achievement because the school has all along had only one teacher’s house, which could only accommodate the head teacher. The rest of the teachers have been commuting from their homes, which affects their time of arrival and service delivery, especially during bad weather.
- The school was privileged to get support from Jersey friends who provided textbooks. We are now using these textbooks to enhance numeracy and literacy among the pupils in lower primary.
In 2014, we had 30 pupils sit for Primary Leaving Examinations, 20 of whom were able to register themselves in secondary schools, and the rest were absorbed in Vocational Institutions.
The school has nine teachers currently—three males and six females—and this makes work difficult because the school is in need of two additional teachers. The teachers are paid by the government, which is constrained financially and has put a ceiling on recruitment of more teachers.
When you and your team left in 2012, the enrolment was 503, but due to poor classroom conditions, it had now dropped to 419. Thus, we are requesting that you revisit this project to give us whatever support possible to enable us to proceed with the project and carry it through to its conclusion, in order that the pupils will have a school environment most conducive to learning.
Plans for the School
- There is a need to complete the renovation of the old and main school block. The most urgent task at hand is to re-roofthe entire block, so as to prevent its walls from falling due to rain.
- Construction of three more teachers’ houses for the staff. This will motivate the teachers and ensure their availability.
- Renovation of old dormitory block and reopening of the boarding section thereby increasing teacher-pupil contact hours.
- Construction of a school perimeter fence to improve security.
- Initiation of income generating projects, particularly poultry, piggery, and tree-growing to supplement the school’s meagre resources and to promote livelihood skills among the students.
We look forward to sharing more with you on the ground when you come.
Thank you again, and wishing you God’s abundant blessings,
Mrs. Ademun Bernadette Rev. Fr. Robert Ecogu
Head Teacher Chairperson School Management Committee