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On 11 November 2014, Sintermeerten College in Heerlen invited UKEF to participate in their yearly Sint Meerten Sponsorship Day. Every year, students, teachers and support staff of this school collect money for various charities that they support as a school community. UKEF is nominated as one of three projects to benefit from this sponsorship program for the next 5 years, beginning in 2015.
Imma, Nico and Toos Ruiters, Nestar and 3 weeks old Liam represented UKEF at the event. On addition to engaging with the students and teachers, they also sold UKEF's famous 'Mugatti Mandazis' and some Ugandan crafts. A total of 335,- euros was raised.
Much appreciation to the entire school community of Sintermeerten College and all those who represented UKEF at this event.
The school year in Kitgum is coming to an end and everyone is preparing for the end of year event and the Graduation Party. The graduation party is the official celebration for children who are leaving Nursery level to begin primary level next school year. This event officially mark the end of 2014 school calendar. Below are some photos of the preparation.
In 2014, our school enrolment increased from 30 to 115 children. This increment in the number of pupils also meant a lot more responsibilities both for UKEF and for our School Staff in Kitgum. During the course of the year, our school has extended its time from (08:00 hours - 14:30 hours) to (08:00 hours - 16:00 hours). This was to give our pupils/students more time in school for other extra curricular activities many of whom do not have the possibility to do at home after school. The parents/guardians of our school applauded this change and report they have noticed a lot of positive physical and mental changes in their children.
Since the beginning of Second Term, our school recruited 2 more teachers. The school has 6 full-time teachers, 1 cook and 1 janitor. During the course of the year, our school received student teachers; 5 of whom were doing their ‘Child Study’ and the other 2 did their ’Teaching Practice’. Thank you for the local teachers training colleges for sending their students to work in our school.
Since its inception, our school provided 2 meals a day for 3 days of the week and only breakfast for the remaining 2 days of the week. However from May, 2014, the school was able to provide 2 meals a day for all the 5 days of the week. This change was possible with contribution of parents/guardian of our school who contribute a portion of maize and beans.
Our school has basic play materials like swings, car tyres made through the local people in Kitgum. We also bought costumes like drums, calabashes, wires for traditional dances. Children now enjoy extra curricular activities ranging from playing, practicing traditional dances and football.