Visiting school in Kisoro

My friend Bonnie is one of the main reasons I visited Uganda. She teaches in the local primary school called “Amazing Grace” in Kisoro, Uganda- right down there about 14km to the border of both DRC and Rwanda. Her job is to teach a group of young kids remedial reading lessons. And she has the grace to throw in a little bit about life, and how fun it can be. Things like afternoon picnics, air guitar, reading books, and home made cookies. In the states we take for granted that every child experiences these things, but in Uganda, these little treats are a bit of magic that few kids are lucky enough to encounter. So I stopped by one day, and hung out for class. We read some books together, played a few games, and I had a great time, although I left with a feeling of sadness for all the lost opportunities and untapped potential talent of lives lived without much hope. The teachers here are overwhelmed by classrooms of 70+ students in small rooms without facilities, a lack of resources like paper and books to study, and a lack of pay- regularly going more than 7 months without receiving wages. This is not a criticism of this particular school, rather a reflection of a standard of education common in Uganda. Amazing Grace is a private school and therefor significantly better off than the unpopular public school system. Here are pictures of a few of the kids, and a few of the teachers from the school. While I was there I also taught a basic first aid and sexual health course to the teachers, although I will save talking about how I became a sex-ed teacher in Uganda for another post! As Rachel Maddow says… “Watch this space.”

Teacher Henry

Checking out the kids books Bonnie’s friends mailed over from Hope, Alaska.

 

Teacher Chantal

Sheeba

Sheeba

Esther

Esther

Zama

Zama

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Teacher Henry

Teacher Henry

Teacher Chantal

Teacher Chantal

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2 Responses to Visiting school in Kisoro

  1. yorkvillexpress says:

    Interesting Post! This is so inspiring 🙂

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