Agwata Primary and Nursery School

Agwata School: A Northern Uganda School 

With Over 600 Primary and Nursery Students and 18 Teachers

The Agwata School is a northern Uganda school serving students from Nursery level through P-7 which is 6th grade.  The school is a parent supported primary school. As part of its community empowerment programs, Outreach Uganda partners with the entire Agwata community to help students learn in this parish of five villages with over 6000 people.

Our largest women’s group is in Agwata.  These women wanted help in upgrading and expanding their community school. Therefore, Outreach Uganda began working with the school in 2010 at their request. The community started the school in 2009 as they were moving out of the IDP camps and resettling their ancestral lands. At that time,  there were 20 students and three untrained teachers who met in a two room mud and thatched grass hut. Agwata is located one hour directly  west from the town of Kitgum where our second women’s income-generation group is located.

Northern Uganda school girls happy to be in school. Agwata School was started in 2009.

From the very beginning in 2010, the Agwata women’s group have been pioneers in wanting their village to have a good primary school and also a clinic since they are in an area of the sub-county that is far from the next nearest government school and government health center.

Agwata School Expands from 20 to over 600 Students in 2017

Since 2010, Outreach Uganda is helping this northern Uganda school expand in size, and achieve better student learning outcomes. In the beginning, the school had only two classes totaling 20 students. 2014 was the first year there was a P-7 (sixth grade) graduating class.  Nursery classes began in 2013. Now, just seven years later, the school has an enrollment of 620 students. In December, the school will graduate its fourth class of 28 P-7 students of which 13 are girls.  The school employs 18 trained teachers plus six support staff.

Agwata School Progress: Sixth Grade Girls Begin Boarding in 2016

Northern Uganda school

The Agwata School compound contains five classroom blocks, including three offices and a girls’ boarding room.

At October 2017, five completed classroom blocks house eight classrooms, two offices, a teachers’ room, and a girls’ boarding section. Girls began boarding at the school at the end of 2016 so they could study for their year end exams. At this time, they stayed in a Nursery classroom. Starting June 2017, the girls board in their own separate room.  Our dream of a  Nursery playground for our youngest students became a reality in early 2016.

Our first class of P-7 students graduated in December 2014 with eleven of thirteen graduates progressing onto seventh grade. This represents a huge percentage for an African school and results primarily because of scholarships offered by our child sponsorship program.

 

In 2016, over half of the P-7 class of 32 students was girls.  The success of girls at graduating from primary school is due in large part to our Girls’ Education Initiative program which meets weekly after school with girls in P-3 to P-7. Moreover, over 120 girls are enrolled in this very successful program in 2017.

School Projects 2016 and 2017:  2nd Nursery Block, Playground, Furnishing the Classrooms

Northern Uganda playground - Agwata village

Ugandan nursery children on the Agwata School’s large playground structure built in early 2016.

Nursery children at the Agwata School working on dry erase boards in their new cemented classroom and new tables! – August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African School - Agwata Uganda has new desks for its classrooms!

Fifth grade students happy with their new desks – July 2016

African School in Agwata Uganda: kindergarteners reading their new books.

Agwata School kindergartners reading their new book, How the Zebra Lost Its Stripes, provided by Outreach Uganda.  – July 2017