First Day of School

Monday Jan. 31 was the first day of the 2011 school year here in Uganda. December and January are summer vacation for our kids.

I had an opportunity to see at least a bit of several of our school’s first day. I did not make it out to our vocational institute but was able to briefly visit New Hope Academy (see brief video NHA First Day taken by my sons who are attending for some classes) and spend a bit more time at Essuubi Epya Vocational Primary School and our new special needs classroom that is associated with it.

At EEVPS, Headmaster Simon Katabazi  was very welcoming. After having all the teachers lead the student assembly in praise songs, the Ugandan national anthem, the Ugandan pledge of allegiance, and the pledge to the Bible, Uncle Simon introduced all the new teachers and prayed for them. Next he called forward new students and we all prayed for them. Then we had a prayer of dedication for the school year. It was very clear we are looking to God as our source of learning.

I was also able to stop by our new special needs classroom headed up by Kate Tolhurst – for now, their classroom is one of the rooms in our new Clinic. For most, if not all of the students there, this was there first day ever in a school. It was so clear that they were pleased to be there and are very comfortable around Kate and the other staff.

We would love your prayers for all of these students and their teachers.

– Tal Anderson