Helping

713

Pupils every year

Built/renovated

20.5

Classrooms

Provided

36

New Latrines

Donated

173

Desks

Nalango Secondary School

Number of pupils :  713 (403 boys & 397 girls)

School Motto :  As we struggle for the future

This school is important to the local community because it provides the only secondary education in the area. The closest other secondary schools are at Namwendwa, 8km away, or Bulopa, 11km away.  Both are too far to walk twice a day, especially in the rainy season.  Also, it is risky for teenage girls to be walking in the dark.  There are 4 primary schools in the parish that are potential feeders.  We started to work with Nalango Primary and Namwendwa Primary during 2011.

The school started in 1997 with classes being held under mango trees.  The 5.4 acres are owned by the community but granted to the school. It is governed by a board of governors, chosen by the parents, teachers and local councillors, and led by an inspirational head teacher - Paul Kasadha.  The school became registered by the government and received its licence in November 2011.  At the beginning of 2014, the school was granted full USE (Universal Secondary Education), which means the government will give a cash payment per student, this will subsequently pay the teachers’ wages  This will mean that good teachers will be attracted to the school and remain with the school, which will transform secondary education in the region.

In 2007, there were only 3 students.  In 2009, all classes were held under mango trees.  In 2010, the community built one classroom, an office and staff room, all of which lacked doors, windows, cemented floors and plastered walls, but the students enrolled - 120 of them when Senior One class was established.   This was a huge achievement, since the area is incredibly poor with many peasant farmers, high school drop outs and many early pregnancies.  The only latrines available for “short calls” were constructed from banana fibre.  Any “long call” needs meant crossing the road to use the pit latrines at Nalango Primary.

Paul Kasadha, maintains a high level of discipline and morality amongst the students, as well as a close working relationship with parents and local leaders.

Since 2011 this school has been adopted by “One Mile Closer” (OMC).  Please see website for further details.    In June 2020 HvSMF started to construct a large expensive 5.5 A’level classroom block with funds donated by OMC.  This will include 4 classrooms, three of which will form a hall, plus a laboratory and prep room.  It will have gas and water supply systems and will be completed to an extra high standard.  This building is dedicated to the memory of James Atkinson who in January 2009, along with Rob Gauntlett, lost his life whilst ice climbing at Chamonix in the Alps, in January 2009.  They were both aged only 21.

We look forward to visiting and attending the commissioning ceremony in March 2021.

 

 

Completed Projects Images

Head Teacher

Paul Kasadha

Video

Nalango Secondary School Pupils sing the Busoga National Anthem

What's been done so far?

2011

  • Construction of 3.5 x classrooms
  • Renovation of 1.5 x classrooms
  • Construction of 8 x mixed latrines

2012

  • Supply of school sign
  • Supply of 35 x 3-seater desks
  • Supply of £1,000 textbooks
  • Purchase of 1 acre of land

2013

  • Construction of 4 x teachers’ houses
  • Construction of 4 x teachers’ latrines and 2 x teachers’ washrooms
  • Construction of 2.5 x classrooms as library, science lab and prep room
  • Renovation of 2.5 classrooms
  • Supply of 2 x 20,000 litre ISSB water tanks
  • Supply of 90 x single seater desks
  • Supply of £1,500 for science equipment, lab stools and tables
  • Supply of staff furniture package
  • Supply of USE
  • Renovation of 1 x dormitory
  • Construction of 8 x girls’ latrines
  • Purchase of 4 acres

2014

  • Construction of 1.5 x girls' dormitories
  • Construction of 3.5 x classrooms
  • Construction of 8 x boys' latrines
  • Supply of 2 x solar panels
  • Supply of science equipment
  • Provision of 10 x laptop

Original 1.5 classroom block

Original latrine for a “short call”

New teachers’ houses

Renovated 1.5 and 3 new classrooms

8 x new boys’ latrines

New 4 classroom block

2015

  • Construction of 3 x classrooms
  • Renovation of 1 x classroom
  • Construction of 8 x boys' latrines
  • Supply of science equipment

2016

  • Construction of 4 x teachers’ houses
  • Construction of 1.5 boys’ dormitories
  • Provision of 10 x laptops
  • Supply of science equipment
  • Provision of 40 x bunk beds
  • Provision of sports equipment package
  • Provision of musical equipment package
  • Provision of 10 x 3-seater desks
  • Provision of staff furniture package
  • Provision of library furniture package

2017

  • Provision of science equipment

2018

  • Provision of science equipment

2019

  • Provision of science equipment

2020

  • Construction of 5.5 A Level block to include 4 classrooms and lab plus prep room
  • To include 48 x two sweater desks and staff furniture package

An recent aerial photo of Nalango Secondary School taken by a drone

Flickr Galleries

Nalango Secondary School 2019

Nalango Seconday School 2018