Community Celebration – Starting Agwata Classroom Buildings Foundation

Outreach Uganda President, Carol Davis, and Project Coordinator, David Ocitti, traveled to Agwata in early February along with five other volunteers and many elders of the Agwata community, to celebrate with the Agwata community as school construction began.  Carol helped lay the first foundation bricks which were the beginning of the project to build two classroom blocks for the burgeoning primary school.  Each block will house two classrooms. At the beginning of the 2012 school year, there are now almost 240 students enrolled in P-1 to P-5. 

Agwata School Laying Foundation Feb 2012

OU President Carol Davis helping lay initial school foundation bricks in Feb. 2012

 

As soon as the construction on these two blocks is completed, the community school will add a Nursery class of 40 students.  This is especially timely since recently the Uganda department of education is promoting the addition of Nursery classes as necessary for stronger achievement by students in primary school.  Northern Uganda especially is behind the rest of the country when comparing the performance of its students to those in central Uganda.  We hope this year’s school improvements will help the overall performance of our students!

More photos of the beginning construction.  The entire community helped from the women helping ferry water from the bore hole (3 km away), making the bricks, or collecting the needed aggregate and sand.

Just starting school construction in early Feb. 2012

Construction begins on Agwata School Feb. 2012

The community made the bricks needed for school construction.

Structure used for burning the earthen bricks needed for school construction.

Agwata women ferrying water for new school construction.

Agwata beaders hard at work ferrying the water needed for school construction.

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