In geography over the past fortnight we have been looking at Katunguru Primary School which has a unique set of challenges. The children were asked to write a report detailing the problems and offering solutions. Firstly, the brief which the children were given:
Katunguru Primary School – Problems and Solutions
Katunguru Primary School is located near to the main road that runs to Kyambura. The community is based here as it is close to a nearby lake, a plentiful source of fish. Most of the families fish for a living although there are many orphans at the school.
Katunguru appears to have the most problems of the three primary schools associated with the twinning project.
- Animals routinely wander onto the school grounds destroying vegetation and posing a threat to the community.
- Building a fence to keep the animals out is not an option as there are high levels of theft in the area.
- Relations between the community and the National Park are difficult as the community want to get rid of the animals by killing them while the UWA (Ugandan Wildlife Association) wants to protect them.
- Desks in the school are stolen as the community needs firewood.
- Trees that are planted are chopped down by the community for firewood.
- There is no night time security at the school as no one is willing to pay for it.
- Although there is electricity close at hand, the school does not have access to it.
- There is a water tank nearby, but the tap has been damaged so the community cannot get water without going to the lake.
- The school is seen as being at the heart of the community and its importance is recognised.
Working together in small groups can you come up with some suggestions to improve matters for the community and school at Katunguru. Write this as a report with recommendations at the end.
The first pupils to complete their reports were Oliver B and Oliver J
Here’s their report:
The Ugandan school, Katunguru, has the following problems with their school, including theft and Pupils in class AS at Liss Junior School have come up with solutions for this unfortunate event.
Animals are constantly wandering onto the school grounds, including buffalo and many more.
Build a trench around the school to keep out the wild animals. Employ the villagers to do this. Also, ask the UWA to help with this, as they do not get on too well with them. The result of this is that the villagers have money, so theft should drop dramatically. Another benefit is that the relationship between the villagers and rangers should improve.
The water tank tap is broken to be sold, so villagers must go to the river, which is dirty and contains crocodiles, to collect their water.
Give visitors a tour around the school. Possibly do traditional African dances or make traditional African objects to sell. Hopefully the tourists will give a bit of money which you can put towards the new tap.
Even if they manage to get a new tap, it will probably be stolen. Also, the desks are stolen for firewood.
Employ security to patrol the school. Pay him with fresh water from the water tank for him and his family.
The school is near to a source of electricity but is unable to access it. The tower is owned by Orange.
Ask Orange to sponsor the school. In return, put up posters and billboards to advertise Orange.
If all of the solutions work then Katunguru will be pretty much problem free. We hope that they do work.