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Uganda 2017

24 August 2017 | Tagged: Senior School, Trips

34 pupils and 4 staff journeyed to southern Uganda in the summer of 2017 to rebuild a derelict block of three classrooms at Kinyerere Primary School near the town of Masaka.

Over £7,000 was raised to rebuild the classroom block, provide desks, milking goats, education and sporting supplies, a small library, solar power to the classroom block and piglets and an enclosure for another local school.

Team HSOG learned to make concrete and plaster by hand. The outside of the classroom block had to be plastered and concrete floors had to be laid, with the inside and outside painted with undercoat and then top coat. Each of the three classrooms were decorated, while the gable end of the exterior of the building was adorned with an African version of the High School emblem.

The project did not end there though! 30 new desks were built, sanded and varnished, while football posts were put up and soon put to good use! A solar panel was installed, providing light to each of the three classrooms as well as exterior lighting that will allow for the school to be used in the evenings for teaching and by the local community.

Milking goats were donated to provide milk for the school children and to allow for the purchase of maize to give each child a school lunch. Each of the 320 pupils also received a pack containing jotters, pens, pencils, rulers, rubber and a sharpener, as well as a pair of school shoes and a t-shirt. Football strips were donated to Kinyerere, as well as three other schools.

Lessons were taught in sport, music, telling the time, dancing and geography, as well as a dental hygiene lesson. Games were played, there was much dancing, singing, drumming and general fun, and HSOG pupils were invited to church, where they were blessed for their generosity. The team also created a small library for the school and provided an array of educational resources for learning and teaching. Water butts were purchased and guttering installed shortly after HSOG's departure, allowing for the collection of rain water for hygiene and watering the school allotment.

High School pupils also had the opportunity to visit local families. This was a humbling experience, appreciating the hardships which they face, but all with a smile! To round off a fabulous trip, the group enjoyed a safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and chimp tracking, finding a group of chimpanzees hanging out in the forest!

Some of Team HSOG shared their experiences at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, en route home, after a life-changing trip. There are also images from the trip below. 




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