After a period of 7months lockdown on schools, the President of Uganda re-opened schools for all student finalists across the country on the 15th October 2020 with special guidelines and standard operating procedures that had to be fulfilled and checked by the Ministry before receiving a special certificate to warrant re-opening. The new Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) for schools include, every school forming a Coronavirus taskforce, daily and timely screening of temperatures of learners, compulsory wearing of face masks by both learners and teachers. The Ministry also wants the creation of isolations rooms at every school, daily disinfection of classroom floors, walls, furniture, toilets using soap and water, restricted access to schools and screening done at school gates. They have set up other SOPs like creation of adequate spaces at schools to accommodate recommended distance, single beds for one student, and keeping 2 meters between beds among others.
However, the SOPs have attracted negative reactions from the Heads of Schools across the Country who pointed out the fact that implementation will be hard or close to impossible because of the failure of government to provide money. One of the key concerns is the continuous hand washing that requires constant supply of water which is lacking in most rural areas. This led to the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and the head teachers of St. Francis Little Birds and Kamuli Child Care to apply for funding for buying the requirements from their sponsors and both requests were granted.
SFLBNP and Kamuli Child Care, Rakai bought among other items; temperature guns, jerry cans for handwashing, sanitiser, soap and the advantage is that flowing water is readily available at the schools. Primary seven students can now happily study at both schools without being worried about catching the virus. The students were also sensitized about being vigilant to use the new facilities. The parents and administration of SFLBNP and Kamuli Child Care are grateful to TUL and their sponsors in Marburg and The Netherlands for funding their schools to buy all the necessary requirements for school re-opening and enable their children to study safely at school.
20201018 Report on re-opening St Francis and Kamuli Childcare
Construction of 3 classrooms: Update.
After leveling of the construction site, the delivery of materials from Kampala, and the local procurement of bricks, sand, and other bulk materials, the construction started with the foundation. Please see attached report for details
20200918 KACHICA-status 3 classrooms
On the 20 March 2020, the Government of Uganda issued an order for the closure of schools following the outbreak of COVID-19. This left many school-going children befuddled, anxiously waiting for schools to re-open. Additionally, the Government, through its Ministry of Education, came up with guidelines on how to ensure that children are not redundant throughout this period. One of these was through the distribution of self-study learner materials for all school-going children in the country. Every parent was expected to make a copy for their children. However, with the tough lock down measures and lack of money by the parents, many children’s capacity to learn at home became limited because of their inability to access teaching resources like teachers and learner materials.
For a rural school like Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary school, where majority of the parents (households) derive their livelihoods from cattle keeping, most of the parents were not able to photocopy the learning materials for their children leaving these less privileged children in dire need of the learning materials.
This led to the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda and the head teacher of Kamuli Child Care. The school was able to acquire a brand new photocopier as part of the school 2020 action plan funded by Stichting Mirembe and Wilden Ganzen. They are now printing learning materials for their students. The learning materials are distributed by the teachers who also guide and mark the students.
Kamuli Child Care on behalf of all the children and parents is grateful Stichting Mirembe, Wilden Ganzen and Tusaidiane Uganda for the support rendered to them during these pandemic lock-down times. Thank you for your dedication towards the children of Kamuli community.
The outbreak of the corona virus pandemic affected the entire world leading to many deaths and COVID 19 illnesses. Due to its effects and fast speed of transmission, it was declared a global emergency requiring immediate response. The first step of the responses even for Uganda was the nationwide LOCK DOWN. This lock down saved many Ugandans from illnesses but it did not save them from hunger and starvation as many of them suffered behind closed doors.
Among the victims of the corona crisis were the families of the KACHICA community of Kamuli in Rakai district. They had no food to eat among other essential needs required to stay safe from the virus. The non working teachers of Kamuli Childcare were also not doing well since they had no pay to buy food to feed their families. The family men were no-longer providing for their families breeding domestic violence. It should be noted that Kamuli being a boarder district with Tanzania, it was highly affected by the lock down because boarder enforcement at this region was very strict to prevent importation of new cases into the country.
With the intervention of Tusaidiane Uganda, Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School and Stichting Mirembe, NL, Wilde Ganzen Foundation, from the Netherlands responded to the situation in the KACHICA community with emergency relief/ support. Tusaidiane Uganda helped to procure the relief items and one of the TUL staff drove the truck to Kamuli for the distribution exercise. Food was distributed to over 2800 families (including maize flour, beans, cooking oil, soap). The teacher’s salaries of the Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school were also paid to help them support their families.
The KACHICA community was sensitized about what needs to be done to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus by; washing hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, wearing a facial mask when in public, keeping an appropriate social distance and visiting the hospital in case of any suspicious illness related to Covid 19. The sensitization was done door to door and via community radio. Kamuli Child Care Nursery and Primary School was fumigated in preparation of the toddlers’ return to school to keep it free from the virus.
A number of local development actors and well-wishers were also contacted to respond to the food relief call and people were proactive about the project. They donated matooke (local banana) which Tusaidiane Uganda used to supplement the relief items. This gesture from the local community was a sign of togetherness amidst the crisis. The family of one gentleman called John Paul, a refugee in this area did not have any hope of getting food to eat and was indeed happy making this project worthwhile. It greatly made a difference for the people and helped to save lives.
The board of Kamuli Childcare Nursery and Primary school together with the KACHICA community would like to extend their gratitude to Tusaidiane Uganda, Stichting Mirembe and Wilde Ganzen Foundation for the food relief items and support that helped to save their community from hunger and starvation.