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Naama Millennium SchoolUganda

 

As one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the world, Uganda has had difficulty providing quality education for primary school children (ages 6 to 13). Primary education is free, however many children drop out due to large class sizes of up to 100 students, and teachers with limited resources and training. Exacerbating the drop-out rate is the HIV/AIDS epidemic which has produced over 1.7 million orphans who are forced to earn a living instead of receiving an education. The health, education and orphan problem is even more prevalent on a local level. In 2005, 915 orphans were located in the Busimbi sub-county, of the Mityana district in Uganda. Within the Naama parish of Busimbi, 245 were orphans (26.8%, the largest percentage of any parish in the sub-county). Additionally, 1,300 of 4,800 school-age children were not enrolled in a primary education institution.

Fortunately, Naama Millennium School, a private institution, is providing primary education in the Naama parish. On a limited budget and resources, Naama educates 340 students, of which 120 are orphans. Recognizing the health and economic crisis, Naama provides additional services, such as home visitation, a feeding program, and orphan care. Believing that every child is endowed with natural talents and abilities, it is the aim of Naama Millennium School to provide an environment to foster the development of these children. Since its inception in 2000, the school has grown tremendously and has become the top school in the parish, the second largest in the sub-county and among the top in the Mityana district. The Naama School started with 77 pupils, five classes and five teachers and has grown to 340 pupils, eight classes and ten teachers. Furthermore, the passing rate of Naama students at the national examination has been exceptional, with 80% of the student body passing each year since 2003.

Table I: Historical Statistics

 

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Total enrollment

78

116

168

235

302

321

340

% increase in enrollment

n/a

49%

45%

40%

29%

6%

4%

No. of teachers

5

6

8

9

10

10

11

Student/teacher ratio

16

19

21

26

30

32

31

No. of orphans

13

20

29

56

85

113

120

% increase  in orphans

n/a

54%

45%

93%

52%

33%

6%

% orphans

17%

17%

17%

24%

28%

35%

35%

 

Dr. Christopher Kigongo, founder of the Naama School, originally supported the school by the income generated from his medical clinic. Unfortunately, the clinic was forced to close in 2005 and Dr. Kigongo resorted to supporting the school from his own wages and assets. Due to the economic shortage, the school continues to suffer financially. Although the Naama School is a private institution, requiring tuition payments to fund operations, in many cases students are unable to make full payments. According to the Naama School’s policy no student will be turned away for the inability to make a payment. Therefore, funds are needed to maintain the school’s operation. For 2008, the school budgetary needs amount to $22,000 to support approximately 370 students or $60 per student. Operational costs include student books and supplies, teacher salaries and training and food. Please see below for the projected budget.

Additionally, funds are needed to accomplish long term goals which include space for secondary education and vocational programs, a healthcare clinic to service students and the surrounding community, land for a recreation facility, additional staff, and a computer lab. The school is not short on needs, but each of these needs is aimed at providing an opportunity to poor and/or orphaned children to develop their talents and abilities, regardless of the unfortunate economic circumstance into which they were born.

 

Table II:  Five-Year projections

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total budget  ($)

21,914.00

25,828.00

26,234.00

28,797.00

30,499.00

Total cost/student

59

63

58

58

56

Projected enrollment

374

411

453

498

548

Projected no. of teachers

11

12

12

13

13

Projected no. support staff

2

2

2

2

2

Projected no of orphans

112

123

136

149

164

 

To discuss the project further contact:

 

          Dr. Christopher and Robinah Kigongo

                   919-918-4095

                   Email: ckigongo@hotmail.com

 

          Lyston Peebles

919-743-2510

                   919-931-4680 (m)

                   Email: lpeebles@cherokeefund.com

 

 

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