The New Hope Uganda schools at Kasana and Kobwin reopened for the first term of the new school year on Monday. Below are reports and photos from the Kasana schools! Please check back next week for a report from the Kobwin Children’s Centre.
Thank you for praying for Uganda during the elections last week. There were some challenges in Kampala, but overall things progressed relatively peacefully.
School is on Again at EEVPS
By Bosco Wasikeh, EEVPS School Father
After a 3-month long holiday break, school is on again at EEVPS [Essuubi Eppya Vocational Primary School]. The pupils, both new and old, started trickling in as early as 7:00 a.m. Some came from the family groups on site and others from the community. Some of the new children were accompanied by their parents/guardians.
The general assembly was called at 7:30 a.m. with the sound of a bell. The school teaching staff led the assembly through the anthems (Ugandan, East African, and Kasana’s) and pledges—both to the Bible and the national (Ugandan) flag, followed by a session of praise and worship in songs. After this, Kokas Otim (the Deputy Headmaster) shared God’s word quoted from Philippians 3:12-14 while introducing NHU’s theme of 2016 – ie., Running the Race Set Before Us.
After him was the school’s Headmaster – Simon Katabazi, who welcomed both the new and old children and staff. He also introduced the three new members on staff as Beatrice Kabaseke and a couple – Alison & Aiden Poulter who will be in charge of remedial classes/lessons and music respectively. He also asked the 43 new children to walk up front for prayer and dedication to the Lord. The staff were asked to join him even as he led this session. He asked both teachers and old children to receive the new children with a hug, which they did joyfully.
The Headmaster than ran through the school rules.
Finally, Elly Chelangat (the Master on Duty) ordered the children to their respective classes. The assembly lasted close to two hours.
New Hope Academy Report
The term started with mixed emotions because of the election results. We started three weeks late because of the elections. We had a good turnout of students on the first day and had an assembly to welcome them back and re-envision them for the new term. Our new babies in the Senior One class are growing by the day and also settling in well.
This year Jalia Kategaya came back as a full-time teacher which has been a blessing to our family. Another praise report worth mentioning is how our family keeps growing. One of our teachers (Eunice Kibaileki) had a baby boy! We pray that God will give her grace and strength to be able to juggle motherhood and teaching.
Some of our sons and daughters who have gone through our school are back to help out at school during their vacation before they join university. Julius will be helping the Math teacher, Joyce will be helping Biology and Chemistry teachers and Nabukeera is helping out in the library. We are so grateful for the extra hands.
We are still looking for full time Biology and Math teachers but have staff filling in for the meantime. The IT computer lab has also delayed because of financial and logistical issues. We pray that these will clear soon. Our prayer, as our theme states, is that we may run this race set before us with perseverance and be examples to the students as well.
Primary 7 Compositions
During the first week of school, the English teacher for the Primary 7 class (equivalent to 6th grade) asked the students to write compositions about why they are at school. Here is what three of the students wrote.
About my future, I want to become a President in future. A president that is behaved, humble, kind, examply [sic], loving and God fearing. And I want to be educated more and more than more so that I can become a good president and not like the one of the eight [candidates] who didn’t know great English. And I will not mention his name because he is a great man and he is studied.
And I want to know more about my Father in heaven who is God. I want to read the Bible this year and finish it all as my uncle called Uncle Elly. I want to really know who is God who is Jesus. People say I love God, I love Jesus but they don’t know who is God, who is Jesus that [is] the reason why I am in school. And if I don’t become a president I want to become a pastor who know [sic] God and Jesus. Who is humble, kind to people, and helpful.
Then, I want to become a soldier, if I don’t become a president or pastor. I want to become a soldier who protects the people and our country Uganda and not only for Uganda but for other countries neighbours [sic] us.
And lastly, I want to become a Pilot, the reason for that is that a pilot gets a lot of money. He goes to different places and he gets to know more about God’s creature and the main reason for that is about my Maths. I love so much Math subject, and I enjoy it and I passed it. And if you are to become a pilot you have to know math. You may wonder why I have so much goals for my studies, but it is because the world changes so I have to try many things in the life so that I can be succedfull [sic] in my life. I beg to stop here for now.
May God bless you.
I am at school because I want to reach my goal of being a surgeon. And I also want to read [study] so hard that I can work well in my subjects and also pray to God to help me.
It’s coming to seven years since I have been in primary and I also want to work hard in P7 too.
This year I want to work with my teachers so that I can work hard and well. And I am also at school because I’m entitled to go to school and also want to be successful in my future.
I want to be a successful woman after I have finished my study. I also want to treat sick people and help them so that we can have health [sic] people in Uganda. I want to finish my study so that my mother can see me graduating and so that I can give her good things in life.
That’s why I want to be at school.
There are two kinds of schools, namely: private schools and UPE [public/government] schools. I have never studied in UPE schools. Schools are enjoyable. I play games, read books, and learn good morals from teachers. A school is a good place for children.
I am at school to learn so that I can reach to my goal, and my goal is to become a pilot after my studies. Many other people have goals like to become a doctor, a policeman, a nurse and a lawyer.
I have to work hard so that I can reach my goal. And also I have to obey and love teachers, to read books, to revise books [review notes] and to do all the homework and tests given at school.
Lastly but not the least I learn Math, Science, SST [social studies] and English to glorify God’s name; like English, to preach God’s word to those who don’t know Luganda. I learn math to help people like those [in] shops who don’t know how to measure items. I learn science to help people who need first aid and teach people dangers of taking alcohol. And also learn SST to help people to know other places or countries.
May God bless you.
Please pray for the New Hope staff and students as they move forward with the semester. Pray that the students would see the love of God the Father through the lives of their teachers and others.
Of the new students the schools welcomed, 20 students are joining the sponsorship program and so in need of full sponsorship ($70/month). If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring one of these new students, please contact the sponsorship office at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!