March 2013 Update
Humanist Schools Conference
UHST in collaboration with the Uganda Humanist SchoolsAssociation (UHSA) organised the first conference for teachers in the Humanist Schools in Uganda. There were 56 participants including teachers from Mustard Seed School, Isaac Newton High School, the Mute Campus of Isaac Newton (formerly Humanist Academy/Fair View School. The conference had three main themes: developing a distinctive ethos for the operation of Humanist schools, improving educational outcomes, and making effective use of books and computers to support learning.
Girls’ Hostel at Mustard Seed School
Thanks to a generous bequest from a family in Cambridge the Mustard Seed School has been able to build an 18 roomed hostel, housing 102 girl students, with a separate matron’s room and an internal washroom with showers. The latter was made possible by a new pumped water system completed at the same time.
UHST, with help from generous donors in Styal and Stoke-on-Trent, have provided funding for improved toilets at Mustard Seed and Isaac Newton Schools. The toilets, which each have 4 stances for students and a separate toilet for staff and visitors, use a Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) construction developed first in Zimbabwe. Separate wash blocks were built at the same time using piped water which is now available throughout both school sites. Details are in the two school reports.
Rescue Plan for Fair View
UHST, with the agreement of IHEU and UHASSO, is helping Peter Kisirinya to bring the Humanist Academy/Fair View School under the management of the Isaac Newton School. The school will in future be known at the Mbute Campus of Isaac Newton. IHEU has resumed funding for the school’s building programme, which has seen the much needed library and science labs completed (pictured above). UHST is also providing immediate help with running costs and is providing additional scholarships to allow bright but needy children to attend the school. Meetings have been held with the local community who strongly support the new action plan and have been working to clear the access paths.