What a victory! What a success for Katunguru Primary School! It all started with the world wildlife quiz day for Kasese District primary and secondary schools. Katunguru emerged as the overall winners of the conservation quiz for primary schools and were awarded prizes by the Prime Minister, Dr Ndugu Ruhakana Rugunda.
We carried our trophy, a he-goat and other gifts from the UN Uganda country director. What a great moment! This all took place at the World Wildlife Day national celebrations at Nyakasanga Grounds, Kasese.
Warm greetings to all our friends in the UK and especially to the children and staff at our twinned school, Hart Plain Junior School. We hope that you enjoy reading about some of the activities that we have been carrying out at Katunguru and will share your learning with us here in Uganda, the pearl of Africa.
Some of the activities we have been carrying out are as follows:
Clean Cook Stove
Smoke inhalation is the third biggest killer in Uganda. The children have followed the example of Kafuro Primary School and installed a clean cook stove at school, which reduces the amount of smoke that can be inhaled. The children have also learned the skills to install clean cook stoves in the community, therefore making a positive difference to many lives.
Kazinga Channel Schools’ Project (KCSP)
Over the past two years there have been many Clean Up Katunguru events where the children, the local community and the UWA rangers have joined together to clean up our community and make it more attractive for the many tourists who pass through. We have begun working with other schools in the Kazinga Channel area and our latest idea was an attempt to do something positive with the plastic bottles we collected. Ramathan came up with the idea of using the bottles and chicken wire to create art. As the photo below shows, the children created a recycled elephant (Njojo).
Katunguru Primary School has worked closely with UWA conservation rangers to ensure that the children are given proper conservation education as the school is situated right on the edge of the national park. Practical activities help the children to learn about the different animals.
Girls in P7 are taught about the changes to their bodies that occur in puberty just like the SRE lessons that take place in UK. The children are shown how to make sanitary pads as these are not readily available in Uganda unlike the UK.
We hope to hear all about your learning, particularly your conservation activities.
- Clean cook stoves reduce the levels of smoke inhalation; the third greatest cause of death in Uganda
- Children working on making the clean cook stove
- Smoothing clay for the clean cook stove
- The children of Katunguru Primary School cleaned up the village and collected all these plastic bottles
- Ramathan led the children in creating an elephant out of chicken wire and recycled bottles
- Learning about conservation through roleplay with animal masks
- Practical activities
- The children learned all about sanitation pads
Today, Adam Stanley, Heather Green and Henry Green arrived at the end of our lunch time. They were greeted by Headteacher, Levi and Twinning Project Co-ordinator, Ramathan. Mr Stanley went straight inside to meet with Peace Corps volunteer, Robert and they were overheard having many animated discussions. Heather and Henry met with Levi and taught some children some old fashioned English nursery rhymes.
After this, the three visitors went to each class to be introduced to the children and to answer questions.
We would like to ask our friends at Hart Plain Junior School: How do you make your visitors welcome? What songs would you teach them?
I’ve had a wonderful day today visiting schools around QENP. I started in Kafuro and met with the energetic Yowasi. We spoke about the progress of the school and the enjoyment both the teachers and pupils get from the wonderful twinning project! Later we visited Kyaambura which has to have one of the best views from a school I’ve ever seen! The pupils were lovely and I spoke to them about being a ranger in the UK- I had to explain we don’t have anything quite as big as elephants or quite as dangerous as lions! But what we have we love and as a UK Rangers we want to protect. Finally I visited Katunguru who are twinned with Hart Plain, I was lucky to have a guided tour of the school and spoke with many of the pupils who were really lovely! I then returned to QENP on the back of a motorbike which was really fun! We saw some elephants and lots birds on the way back in.