St Mary’s Nawanyago Primary School

School motto:  Education for Progress

St Mary’s day and boarding catholic primary school is next to St Stephens - both are in the village of Nawanyago.    The school was started by the Roman Catholic missionaries in the 1930s.  Presently, it is government aided and has 497 boys and 532 girls.  It is a good school which, with a relatively small amount of help, could become an excellent school.

Completed projects have included:

  • Renovated main school block - 2009
  • renovated block of 4 teachers’ houses - 2011
  • renovated block of 4 teachers’ houses - 2011

In 2009, in partnership with Richard Duke (a past AV volunteer), we successfully renovated the main school block, containing 3 classrooms and the school assembly hall, creating an excellent new facility for the school and community.  (See photograph to the right).

The staff accommodation is in a very poor state.  There are 26 teachers and only 8 reside at the school, these are in the two blocks of 4 houses that HvSMF renovated in 2011, thanks to Charles Thompson and Ross Nottingham who ran in the 2011 London Marathon. (see photo to the right).   As with all schools, teachers’ accommodation is necessary in order to attract and retain the best teachers. 

This school has many challenges and we are very keen to assist them.  At present, they are losing pupils to the Anglican school across the road, as they have much improved facilities and thus better academic results.  Our help is desperately needed to repair the damage done by a storm in December 2012, where the roofs were blown off many buildings, incorporating 2 dormitories, 2 offices, 2 classrooms, a staffroom, a teacher’s house and a kitchen.  We are keen to also supply further latrines, water tanks, desks and beds. 

Annette Namugaya took over from George Kisule, who retired in February 2013.  She is energetic and very keen for her school to do well.  We feel that to support her would be very beneficial for the school.


Head Teacher:  Mrs Annette Namugaya

Number of Pupils in March 2013:  1029 pupils