Liss communication to Kafuro on the new term

Greetings to all our friends in Kafuro and thank you to to Moris for organising the Kafuro blog post with all the details of what is happening at Kafuro this term.

We started our new term at Liss on September 5th. Fortunately for Liss pupils, they did not have to clean the school compound as our site manager, Mr Haycock, does a brilliant job of doing this – the children came back in September to a clean and sparkling school. Our first few days at school were spent on a specific area of study under a scheme known as Commando Joe. Year 6 studied a woman called Nancy Wake, who help British troops escape from occupied France during the Second World War and also sabotaged German operations. Year 5 studied a British astronaut called Tim Peake who went in to space for six months three years ago.

This term our focus is on history throughout the school. Year 6 are studying the Ancient Greeks; Year 5 – other Ancient civilizations, Year 4 are learning about the Anglo-Saxons; and Year 3 are studying Britain from the Iron Age to the Bronze Age. From January, Year 6 will be studying Uganda and will be learning about the geography of Uganda as well as a specific focus on Kafuro Primary School. Mr Stanley will be sharing a film on this blog that he made when he visited Semuliki National Park, and will gave some questions for children in both schools to answer.

The children at Liss are busy fundraising towards either draining the existing latrines at Kafuro or enabling the school to buy some more. We have already raised nearly 500,000UGX and many of our pupils are organising cake sales to raise further funds.

Mr Stanley has also arranged for a replacement rain gauge to be sent to Kafuro in the next couple of weeks so that both schools can accurately share their weather data.

We look forward to receiving questions from our friends at Kafuro about hotels, dictionaries and security. We are also very interested to hear about your environmental studies as Liss Junior School has just set up an eco – council and has some big plans to improve our school environment.

Finally, our harvest festival takes place on Friday and we will share with you some of the topics that we are presenting in the coming days. We were shocked at the results of some of our research!

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Our communication for the new term

Good morning to all our friends and supporters who read and comment on this blog.

Our term opened on 17th Sept 2018,

We have always opened by cleaning our compound every first day of the new term.

We would like to hear about what you as children at Liss Junior school do on the first day Of every term

We are writing to set a number of activities we can share in this term’.

We as Primary Six we have two topics which  we have to cover this term.

  1. Hotels
  2. Using a dictionary

The following topics are our topics for term three.

We like term three very much as it ends the year and we go for Christmas

During this term our teachers write good reports to end the year and we like to see ourselves promoted to the next classes.

As Primary Five, we also have two topics in English

  1. Peace and security
  2. Services ( banking)

In peace and security, we study about how to keep our environment safe and look at the importance of different members of our community and security agents who among others include the police and the army.

For us in Primary Seven, We did our mock examination and have been very busy for the rest of the holiday studying to finish all our revision in time.

In this term we plan to have our final examinations. We call them Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

We shall be doing PLE at the very beginning of November, we start with a briefing scheduled on 2nd November 2018, this includes telling us how we have to behave during examinations.

It also helps us to prepare ourselves very early for the next week, so that we do not have to organise ourselves on the morning when we have exams the same day.

Then writing of our papers begin on 5th November and 6th

We have always taken four papers: two each day for two days.

We are looking forward to knowing what you will be learning about for your new term

We are happy to receive rangers coming to our school. good work between schools and the park promote conservation.

 

write by Moris Ashaba and class all

 

 

 

 

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Connecting conservation communities together, in conserving for generations

Great thanks to all of you who read this blog.

Blessings to every one who made it possible for the CONSERVATION CUP to have happened.

From the people present and mostly the children, the feed back has been great and can wait for the next program when I announce.

Allow me send recognition to the following:

The admin at Queen Elizabeth parks both in Uganda and UK,

CM sports, Ash and I Nick, plus the team, we really say thanks for making things happen.

The organising Ugandan team great job well done, it’s always tricky having results recorded right but for this time am very happy that the main mistakes have been ironed out.
( So the challanges coming up are only new with hope that the review puts them out as long as we all keep positive)
UK schools that have always supported their fellow counterparts in Uganda.

The participating Schools ( Kataara, Kafuro, Katunguru Kasese, Katunguru Rubirizi, St.Johns, Kichwamba Good Hope)
Special thanks to Bira Olivia for all the work greatly done, Ronald, no words to express your help always.

Fellow teachers and coaches well done for you have taken conservation through sports to another level.

The community, we really value all your work.
Everyone who helped us to have things move the cooks, the driver and those who helped us have the car to transport the pupils for all the tournament.

For anything can’t be 100% perfect, we are considerate on the injury that happened to one of our participants and we thank the school for it has been cooperative about what happened.
( Review does the sorting)

The distribution of New balls both Rugby and Football has brought more schools around want to attend to the tournament.
Meaning the tournaments we have held so far have caused a great impact on the schools around and we have had some schools having more than the invited ones.

Meaning the conservation messages have gone very far beyond the targeted area.

Hands crossed this continues for generations.

Thanks every one and may God continue blessing you.

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Uganda 2018 Day 15: Zach Prior’s Sherbet Fruits and Some Final Thoughts

The day did not start well! I was woken up in the early hours of the morning by Mrs Green running to the bathroom to be violently sick. This happened on several other occasions during the night, and by the time I got up all the colour had drained from her face and she looked really unwell. She was in no condition to visit classrooms, therefore I went to see Robert and gave him our apologies.

 

We left Family of Hope and headed back to Kampala. Mrs Green had a meeting at Kyambogo University at 15.30 and before that we had to drop off some packages at UWA headquarters. We also had some shopping to do before meeting Ronnie from Range Land Safaris who was going to drop us off at the airport. Mrs Green fell asleep almost straight away and slept all the way back to Kampala other than a short stop in order that I could get my photo taken outside Nile Breweries. The traffic in Kampala was crazy and I decided to join in with the fun by tooting my horn like a maniac and driving into almost non – existent spaces in order to get where I wanted to go. Readers might think this is reckless behaviour, but I was only doing what everyone else was doing.

 

We made a brief stop at UWA HQ to drop off the packages – a camera for the warden of Mount Elgon National Park and some letters – before driving to Lugogo Mall. Mrs Green wasn’t interested in eating a great deal, but thought she could manage a cold drink and a bit of ice cream. Therefore, I bought the first Ugandan ice cream in my seven trips to the country. It was strawberry flavoured and was almost fluorescent pink in colour. Mrs Green ate some and then I finished the rest off. It tasted vaguely like strawberry but was absolutely loaded with sugar – I felt quite filthy for eating it.

 

Mrs Green perked up a little bit after the ice cream, so we drove out to Kyambogo University for a brief meeting with Dr Stackus from the Department of Special Needs Studies. Stackus was pleased to see us again, and he and Mrs Green were just talking about distance learning when Mrs Green felt ill again and had to dash out of the room. Stackus was really concerned that Mrs Green might have malaria, but I explained that we thought it was just a bug. When Mrs Green came back, we had a brief photo and then headed back to Lugogo Mall.

 

We had several hours to kill before we met Ronnie, so we found a café and ordered drinks. Mrs Green took a few sips of hers and promptly fell asleep, so I tried to catch up with some blogging. When she eventually woke up, we went into the supermarket and brought some gifts for family and friends back home.

 

We had arranged to meet Ronnie at Gorettis in Entebbe, our favourite restaurant. Howveer, the traffic in Kampala was mental even at 20.00 and what should’ve been a 50 minute journey ended up taking over an hour and a half. By the time we got there, Gorettis was closed so we met Ronnie at the Red Rooster another bar/restaurant that we were familiar with. Ronnie brought his wife along with him as well as Geoffrey who had made a full recovery after looking after the CM Sports group for over a week – only joking! They bought us drinks and I managed to get Mrs Green to eat a few chips before she went back to sleep while Ronnie, Geoffrey and I reviewed the trip.

 

When Mrs Green woke up she looked a lot better, so Geoffrey dropped us at the airport and the long journey home began. Our trip to Uganda for 2018 was over.

 

It’s now nearly a week later and I’ve had time to evaluate this trip. My thoughts are as follows:

  • For anyone who is concerned, Mrs Green has made a full recovery!
  • There was a massive amount of travelling on this trip. The flights from Heathrow to Entebbe are the best part of 8100 miles and a conservative estimate is that we racked up at least another 1000 miles in Uganda. Thanks therefore to Zach Prior (a pupil in my class last year) who gave me a M&S voucher, some of which I used to buy sherbet fruits. When I was feeling tired after all that driving, the sherbet fruits got me through.
  • It was a very tiring and at times frustrating trip. When you have saved for a year to go and essentially work in another country during your holidays, it is helpful if people are organised at your destination.
  • My highs each year tend to take place at Kafuro and this year was no exception. The new headteacher, Stephen, and P7 made me feel so good about our partnership.
  • It was fantastic to see other parts of Uganda. I feel that I’ve only scratched the surface of the country. Likewise, it was inspiring to see a school on the other side of the country which was so well run.
  • CM Sports had a big positive impact on the children in western Uganda. They should be very proud that they made such a difference.
  • It was great to have Rihamu Junior come on board and I think they will contribute strongly to the shared learning between schools.
  • The nature of this trip meant that I was pulled in several directions all at the same time. Although I’m useless at sitting still and doing nothing, I do need to accept that I can’t do everything all at once and I need relaxation time too.
  • Finally, many thanks to everyone who has read this year’s blog and commented on it. Your feedback is much appreciated.
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Uganda 2018 Day 14: Buwenge Bound

My alarm went off at 05.20 and by 06.00 Mrs Green and I were driving off Mweya for the last time on this trip having said a sad ‘Goodbye’ to Stu, who had got up early to see us off. At first I was unsure whether we would be allowed off the peninsula that early as there is plenty of work going on at night along the two roads into Mweya. Water pipes are being laid along one while lots of shrub has been cut back along the other as part of a program to get rid of invasive plant species. However, the ranger on gate duty let us out after a couple of questions and we were on our way.

 

We drove directly to Fort Portal where we filled the car with fuel and had some breakfast. After that, it was negotiating six miles of rubbish roads before we reached some re-laid tarmac and I was able to really put my foot down. We started making really good progress towards Mudebende – our next waypoint. Unfortunately, I was about to encounter the first Ugandan speed gun carried by a traffic cop that I had ever seen. I was duly clocked at 100km/h in a 70km/h zone although there were no signs to indicate this. Unlike the policeman that I had encountered two days ago, this guy was lovely. He showed me the reading on the speed gun and I expressed my surprise that my car (which was not the most powerful) was capable of reaching such a speed. After much laughter – sarcastic from the policeman, nervous from me – he decided to let me off with a warning. I must have encountered the only straight traffic policeman in Uganda!

 

We had a five-minute stop at Mudebende to get some drinks, then we continued our rapid progress towards Kampala. As we reached the outlying towns and villages, the traffic began to get busier and it increased still further when we reached the northern bypass. Progress was slow at first, but we sped up as we moved away from the centre of the city. We were now moving into unknown territory for me as I’d not travelled to the eastern side of Kampala. A pleasant surprise was getting up close to the Nelson Mandela Stadium where the Ugandan international football team play their fixtures.

 

We joined the Jinja Road and headed further east. On first viewing I would say that this part of the country was more affluent than the west of Uganda where we are based. The roads were in better condition, the towns seemed cleaner and there appeared to be more regulation of the hawkers who try and sell you anything when you stop your car in traffic. In several towns they appeared to be licensed to sell as they wore long jackets which were numbered.

 

We didn’t see much of Jinja as we were in a hurry to get to Buwenge and there was a great deal of roadworks going on. We saw the Nile brewery in the distance and crossed the River Nile itself before we headed on to the Kamuli Road. Buwenge was now 30 minutes away.

 

The reason for visiting Buwenge was all to do with Mrs Green’s work with the University of Chichester, researching Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Uganda. Through QEPP she was put in touch with Mandy Slater and Kerry Mcleish who were responsible for setting up the Family of Hope School in Buwenge. The school caters for children that cannot access the education system due to their complex learning needs. Mrs Green was very keen to visit the school and to interview Robert, the executive director of the school. Mandy and Kerry had kindly extended an invitation to visit the school and to stay overnight at the house they use when staying in Uganda.

 

We met Robert at a petrol station by the main road and followed him to where the school was located. As soon as we arrived, we were mobbed by the children who were ever so keen to touch us, hold our hands and make sure that our luggage was taken to the house. It was very humbling to be in the presence of children who have so little but are so giving. From there, Robert took us on a tour of the school. Mrs Green was snapping away as there was building work going on and she had promised to send photos to Mandy and Kerry. The school is lovely with swings and slides for the children to play on – they also open up this to the community so that the children get to interact with children who have mainstream education. We saw their football pitch which had been levelled out due to funding from the Arsenal Foundation, and this is also open to the community to use. Robert is very keen to develop the children’s skills in order that they are able to make a real contribution to society when they leave the school, so they are working very hard on the school garden at the moment to teach children how to grow and harvest crops.

 

After that Mrs Green sat down to interview Robert who is a very gentle and impressive man. I talked with his son, Fred, who is also a teacher and a football fanatic – like many Ugandans he is a massive Man Utd fan. When I told him that I had been to Old Trafford on a number of occasions he was absolutely gripped. He told me of his frustrations about Ugandan sport for children – talent spotters tend to be based in the big towns so children in the rural villages get very few opportunities to compete against one another or show what they can do. When I told him about the Conservation Cup he was very impressed and wished that there could be a similar tournament in Buwenge.

 

When the meetings had finished, Robert and Fred left us. I began to talk to Mrs Green, but was so tired that I kept falling asleep and then waking up and talking nonsense – some people would say that there’s no change there from when I’m fully awake! Totally knackered, I went to bed. Tomorrow is our last day in Uganda.

 

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