THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN Cymmer Infant School, U.K. and St. Kizito Junior School, Uganda
During the teachers exchange visit in April 2014, Teachers Ann Brookes, Susan Taylor and Jan Jones introduced the Waste Recycling Topic to the children of St Kizito Junior School Namugongo Uganda. It was very interesting and facts about dangers of not recycling were taught to the Pupils.
Activities to Implement the recycling campaign were put in place eg
- Recycling campaign in the community around Namugongo; Sensitization of religious leaders in two churches with a congregation of over 2000 people every Sunday.
- Recycling talks to the secondary school students of a sister school, St Kizito High School in Namugongo to over 700 students.
Visit to Cymmer Infant School by teachers from St Kizito Junior School, Namugongo. Teacher Ritah Nalukwago and Mrs Mary Kakembo – Director.
The two teachers visited Cymmer Infant School in Rhondda Valley, Wales in U.K. between 16th – 28th August 2014.
The exchange visits for both teachers enlightened their understanding of both country’s cultural differences and similarities.
The teachers expanded their knowledge and appreciated the concept of playing and learning together using all the resources available in the school.
The teachers from U.K. appreciated the importance of the children in Uganda who are attached to Education despite the scarcity of resources, unlike the children in U.K. who have all the resources at their disposal but take education for granted.
The Partnership of Cymmer Infant School and St Kizito Junior school has brought a deeper understanding and appreciation. Despite our differences we are all the same human beings with similar interests, and things that make us laugh and sad are the same.
The two schools have donated resources like computers, playing materials, sports materials, text books, catch up training materials for weak learners, and a lot of cultural materials from Wales, U.K. St. Kizito School also donated playing materials made by the children themselves, and cultural instruments like drums, art crafts and national emblem to deepen the young learners’ knowledge about Uganda.
There has been an exchange of letters, emails and telephone contacts between teachers and pupils of the two schools.
The text books and all the learning materials donated to St .Kizito have helped greatly in improving the academic performance of learners. The Primary Leaving Examination results have improved from 45% to 60%.
Where we want to be in the next one year:-
- Expanding the partnership to involve parents and the community at large.
- To ensure that all teachers and pupils are computer literate through seminars and computers lessons.
- All children and staff of St Kizito are aware of cultural differences and similarities.
- To involve more teachers like headmaster Mr. Bulime Joseph, Teacher Ritah Nalukwago and Teacher Justine to coordinate the partnership.
- To ensure that children have a deeper understanding of environmental conservation through recycling.
- To involve more teachers in the exchange visit.