Kawule Primary School
School Motto: Education Pays
Kawule Primary School is a remote rural school in Kamuli District serving a community which depends on growing rice and maize for their livelihood. The school was built, on 5 acres of land donated by the Catholic Church, thanks to a government grant in 1998. This enabled 6 good quality classrooms to be built and 4 teachers’ houses. The school’s enrolment quickly began to rise as parents, who had previously kept their children at home, began sending them to school as a result of the new facilities. The result was that the school’s enrolment tripled in the space of one year placing great strain upon the school’s resources.
The community responded by fundraising in order to build more classrooms. Unfortunately a former head teacher cut corners in order to get buildings up quickly. The result is that a number of the classrooms and teachers’ houses developed major structural problems. Two of the teachers’ houses collapsed, the roof of one of the classrooms fell in and the block of latrines was washed into the pit beneath them, as a result of heavy rain.
This means that over 600 children, who attended the school, shared just 4 latrines, which caused long queues to form at break times. Children had their lessons in classrooms which were structurally unsafe and liable to fall down in the next storm. Lessons were abandoned, whenever the wind become strong, as the school feared the roof would fall in on the children. Despite these difficult conditions the staff continued to work hard and the children were keen to learn.
Completed projects have included:
Both the 2009 projects were possible thanks to a generous donation from Christ’s Hospital Secondary School.
During 2010 we were able to provide 4 new teachers’ houses thanks to funds raised at our 2009 Carol Service. This will mean that 4 teachers will no longer need to rent houses outside the school compound, which is money that could be spent on scholastic materials (see photo right of teachers outside their new houses).
Also, thanks to funds raised by Rufus Gordon Dean in the 2009 London Marathon, we have been able to provide much needed teachers’ latrines and washrooms.
In August 2010, two volunteers, Tommy Antonio and Toby Lyons, spent part of their summer holidays living at the school and painting some of the classrooms to bring them up to our normal standard. We are extremely grateful for all their time and effort.
During 2012, thanks to a donation from the Glass family, who have previously supported Magogo Secondary School, we have been able to renovate the remaining 7 classrooms, renovate the 4 teachers’ houses, that no one would live in, (see photos below right,) provide 40 x 3-seater desks and supply a 20,000 litre water tank. Kawule Primary School is a feeder school to Magogo Secondary School.
Thanks to the Glass family donation, the children will now have a chance to learn in a more conducive environment with the majority sitting at a desk.
The present head teacher arrived in September 2009 and, since then, the academic results have risen. We will be hoping that, as a result of the various HvSMF projects in 2012, results will rise even further.
Head Teacher: Mr Patrick Mazinga
Number of Pupils in March 2012: 757