Category Archive • Uganda Tour 2015

Katherine’s View

We are entertained by singing, dancing, and drumming at every school we visit. As a music educator I am fascinated everything I see and hear. After we arrive at the school and have the chance to greet the students with a handshake and their shy response to “what is your name?” we are led to ...

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Second Team Arrives

Second Team Arrives

Team 2 arrived yesterday–board member/Bad Monkeys director/teacher Katherine Berry; Julia Leitman, who came to Uganda 10 years ago as a middle-schooler; Sebastian Ruggiero, in Uganda for the first time; and Melissa McGill, Terry’s wife, here for the 8th time. We brought photo items to three schools, including Ntawo, which is partnered with Katherine’s school, Fernwood. ...

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A Stop in Asia’s Village

A Stop in Asia’s Village

Country Director Asia Kamukama is careful and objective when she selects schools for us to visit. After working for Sister Schools for almost eight years, Asia finally recommended Namulaba, the primary school she attended as a child, for our consideration. Asia’s parents still live in same village, in the same house, where Asia grew up ...

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New School Visits

In addition to distributing supplies to partnered schools, each year we also visit several new schools. The Head Teachers give us a tour, describe their students and community, and point out problems they hope we can help with. Strategic Head Teachers, along with their School Management Committees and PTAs, can direct any savings they enjoy ...

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Peer Learning

Several teachers have mentioned peer learning and group work when we’ve asked about their teaching practices. Group learning is new in these schools. The science teacher for P4 and P6 at Mother Care said, “They aren’t afraid to give wrong answers to their peers. We correct them later. They are more attentive and learn better ...

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Distribution Visits Start Today

Today the fun begins. We start distributing the extraordinarily generous collection of school supplies, teacher resource materials, arts and crafts supplies, balls, shoes and other items you and your communities donated last fall. Last week was preliminary video work and interviews; today we bring photo items to Mother Care and Kyetume Primary schools. Each school ...

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Gifts also go from Mukono to Everett

Gifts also go from Mukono to Everett

Each school visit, whether in Uganda or in the US, is a little different from the others. Yesterday when we visited Kirawooza, a school you’ve been supporting for three years, they surprised us in several ways. One of those ways was that they students and staff gave us a big box of toys that they ...

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Carol’s View, Part 2

Carol’s View, Part 2

More reflections from board member Carol Lycette… April 1 This afternoon we are going to Takkajunge Primary School to check in with the teachers and video some of the kids sending a message back to our kids in Seattle – I was here last April when we handed out 500 Sister Schools backpacks each containing paper, pencils, ...

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Carol’s View

Board member Carol Lycette is on her sixth trip to Uganda with Sister Schools. Here are some reflections of her trip so far… March 31, 2015 I arrived in Uganda just a few days ago and I am struck (again) by the busyness and industriousness of the people here. The roads are full of cars, trucks, taxis ...

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Evaluating Progress

This week, Nadalie and Wendy have time to interview the head teachers while the rest of the team-Terry, Michael, Carol and Duane-capture children’s speeches and dances on videotape. The interviews are a way for us to evaluate our program. Each year we gather quantitative data, such as performance on Primary 7 leaving exams, enrollment, and ...

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