Faith Nursery & Primary School / Kwari Kwar Primary School.
This initiative is community driven, and has moved on some way since I first met them to discuss this in Jan. 2014.
The local Government School is called Kwari Kwar Primary School, offers free education to the local community & is one km away.
However, class sizes are 90-120, and English is not taught until Primary 4. All Ugandan exams are conducted in English,
and there is a Common Entrance exam at P7, which determines secondary education.
The local community approached
Cuthbert Okurut, the local Pastor, to create a Community Private School,
in view of his successes with community development projects
over the last 10 years.
He has attracted funding for a solar lighting scheme ( 98 rechargeable lights are available,
one for each family,
and charge each day from panels on the church roof )
and from Compassion to support over 250 local children, so he and Pastor Robert Adiba
are well respected locally.
The families of over 305 local children have indicated a desire to send them to Faith Nursery & Primary school,
and this started in Feb. 2014, with 80 students, based in the church, the incomplete community development offices
( funded by the charity Compassion ) & three hastily erected classrooms. By February 2015 this had grown to 160,
with ten teachers,
and more pupils were anticipated, education results were good and parent satisfaction was high.
Fees are low ( 80,000ugx per term, £ 20 )
but offers improved teaching commitment, perhaps because teachers are paid,
Government payments are haphazard in state schools.
In March 2016, Compassion disrupted this growth, the charity insisting the school could not use their incomplete offices
for educational purposes,
so the Management Team reduced the number of classes to five, with five teachers and around 65 pupils,
until permanent premises
could be provided. The Kindergarten meet in the Church, and three classes (P1, 2 & 3)
meet in the Sunday School Rooms,
which have now been completed, following the laying of floors, rendering,
and window and doors fitted. Tables and chairs have been provided,
so the five classes now function well.
Growth will be restricted until new premises are added.
Cuthbert, the Principal, has developed plans for premises to meet their needs, comprising:
Administration Block & Sickbay
Kitchen & Canteen
4 VIP Toilets
Nursery School with 3 Classrooms and Office
6 VIP Toilets.
A site next to the Church was offered by the landowner, and 3 plots have been purchased.
A surveyor was employed to undertake
a topographic survey of the site, and corner plot markers have been installed.
Ownership of the site has already been registered
with Kachumbala and Bukedea Councils,
and with the Land Registry in Entebbe is imminent.
Water & Sanitation.
In terms of sanitation, a borehole survey has been undertaken by a specialist company and an aquifer
identified on land
within 150m of the site. SPT/EFOD have used the same hydrologist on four other sites,
and subsequent drilling
found significant volumes of water. No chlorination is used,
natural filtration provides clean water, test samples are taken annually
by the Local Authority to verify this.
The site is on land owned by a neighbour - there will be a need to acquire land for an access track - and for a borehole site.
To fund maintenance, members of the community generally pay 1000ugs ( £ 0.25p ) per month to a local committee to use the hole,
although fee collection can prove troublesome, so consideration will be given to fund through school fees.
Rainwater harvesting is possible from any roof, but is only of use for 7 months of the year because of long dry seasons.
In terms of latrines, current provision is for long drop into a pit beneath, which becomes useless when full.
There are two 4 cubicle
long drop toilets behind the church. EFOD now build EcoSan toilets, liquids and solids are separated,
and used to water crops; solids compost for eight months following the filling of a compartment and then used as fertiliser.
No water supply is necessary other than for hand washing.
We'd build to British, not Ugandan designs, aim for an efficient, higher standard, but low cost,
good natural daylight and ventilation,
with solar lighting for night times. We'll include the input of an architect.
EFOD Cardiff have links with the Architectural Dept. of the University of Virginia,
alternatively HKS Inc. in London
has several ideas for a low cost enhanced classroom option.
A tree nursery could be accommodated on the site and would provide education for the children.
A borehole nearby is necessary to make it viable.
We plan to develop a masterplan, in phases build over three years with EFOD providing supervision,
and hire a local foreman & labour force in our normal way.