Bupadhengo Primary School

School Motto:  Struggle for Success

Henry van Straubenzee was due to have taught in Bupadhengo Primary School in January 2003, as a volunteer with the gap year organisation Africa and Asia Venture – www.aventure.co.uk This was where our work started.

Completed Projects have included

  • Construction of 4 new classrooms - 2004
  • Construction of 4 new teachers’ houses - 2004
  • Renovation of 8 teachers’ houses - 2004
  • Construction of 2 boys’ dormitories - 2005
  • Provided over 100 desks - 2006
  • Construction of 2 girls’ dormitories - 2007
  • Construction of 2 classroom block - 2008
  • Construction of new block of 8 latrines - 2008
  • Renovation of 4 teachers’ houses and administration block - 2008
  • Construction of 4 teachers’ houses - 2009
  • Renovation of 4 teachers’ houses – 2009
  • Construction of 2 classroom block – 2010
  • Construction of 1 x curved ISSB 10,000 litre water tank – 2011
  • Renovation of 6 x teachers’ houses - 2012
  • Construction of 8 x boys’ latrines – 2012
  • Construction of 8 x girls’ latrines – 2012
  • Construction of 2.5 girls’ dormitories, inc matron’s room – 2012
  • Supply 70 metal bunk beds – 2012
  • Supply 84 x 3-seater desks – 2012
  • Construction of 1 x curved ISSB 20,000 litre water tank – 2012
  • Construction of 4 x teachers’ houses – 2013
  • Construction of 4 x teachers’ latrines and 2 x teachers’ washrooms – 2013
  • Supply £1,000 textbooks - 2013
  • Construction of 2.5 classrooms to include new head teacher’s office – 2013

During October 2008 we built two new classrooms for the 5 – 7 year olds to reduce class sizes to ensure academic standards continue to improve.  In addition we built an 8 stanza latrine block and renovated two teachers’ houses.  The funds for the classrooms and latrines (as pictured right) were kindly donated by the parents of Ludgrove School at a charity concert in March 2008.  Henry himself attended Ludgrove, www.ludgrove.net, between the ages of 8 – 13.
The Bupadhengo Parent Teachers Association managed to raise enough money from the primary school parents to fund the building of a girls’ dormitory, in 2009, in appreciation of “the immense contribution made by the van Straubenzee family to this school”, (see picture at top of page).  Again in 2010 the parents raised enough funds to build a boys’ dormitory named “Henry House” in memory of Henry, which we commissioned in March 2010.  (photo on right).

In December 2009 we held our first carol service in London and with some of the proceeds we have replaced the two old classrooms in the photograph to the right.  The simple structure is of wood, stick and tin with no concrete floor, walls or door.  The new classrooms are now constructed, see happy children celebrating.  (Photo below right)

In 2011 we constructed a 10,000 litre water tank, using our new ISSB curved machine (pictured below).  This was thanks to funds raised in 2010 by Charlie Reid, one of Henry’s school friends.  In 2012 we constructed a 20,000 litre ISSB water tank, thanks for funds raised in a half marathon by Felicity Reid, Charlie’s sister.  She had been a volunteer in 2010 at the school with Africa and Asia venture.

Due to increased enrolment over the years, it became obvious that many new buildings were needed at this school and, so during 2012 and 2013, we donated the projects listed above. The latrines and desks were given by Isabella Fox and Clara Gogarty, both volunteers at the school with AV in 2011. (See photo on right). The renovation of the teachers’ houses was thanks to funds raised by another AV volunteer’s father, Nicholas Andrew, who ran in a half marathon in 2011.  Also our printer Glenn Lesiak, who ran in the 2012 London Marathon, they both raised substantial funds for which we are very grateful. (See before and after photos - below right).   The teachers’ houses, teachers’ latrines and washrooms, the bunk beds and the classrooms were all generously donated by 3 charitable trusts.

In 2009, the school’s Primary Leaving Exam results were the best in Kamuli district for the fourth year running.  They had 100% pass rate and 97% achieved division 1 and 2, with over 35% of children achieving the highest grade.  Back in 2003 only 15% of the children were getting this mark. The enthusiastic Head Teacher, Mr. Godfrey Samanya, had this to say, “This improved performance has come about because of the help the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund has given the school.  Thanks to your help we have become a model school for the whole district”.

In 2012, the school’s PLE results were again the best in the Kamuli district, this is the 7th year in succession. 174 pupils attained grade 1, and 60 grade 2, out of the 223 that took the exams.  The head teacher and his staff are to be congratulated on these excellent results.


Head Teacher:  Mr Godfrey Samanya

Number of pupils in March 2012:  2049 
There are 1041 boarders