Improved hostel accommodation for boys

IMG_0614Work is now well advanced on two new hostels for boy students. One is being constructed on the site of Isaac Newton High School (Kateera, top) and the other on the upper school site of Mustard Seed School (bottom).

There is a strong demand for school accommodation. Many students live a long way from school and families believe that boarding on school premises offers a safe environment with access to study facilities, including the library and computers, in the evenings and at weekends. Experience from the girls shows that the performance of boarding students in national examinations is higher on average than that for day students. Boarding is essential for the most needy students, especially for those orphans who have lost one or both parents.

While each school already has a good quality hostel for girls, 40 or more boys are currently using make-shift sleeping arrangements in rooms designed as classrooms. However, after a successful infrastructure OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAappeal, our supporters have provided sufficient funds through many small donations and a small number of substantial donations to construct the two hostels. Each hostel will have 10 small rooms – 8 for family groups of 6 students and two sleeping rooms for supervising teachers.

The boys will be able to use the toilets and wash rooms that have been constructed over the past year.

Moses Kamya says, “The boys are very happy seeing their dormitory under construction. Many are booking rooms in advance. Those in S4 and S6 are lamenting that they may not sleep in the new hostel before completing final year UNEB exams. I am however assuring them that before leaving, the hostel will be complete. We are being bogged down by the heavy rains coming almost daily but, hopefully, we shall reach there.”