Mustard Seed Schools in good heart
The Mustard Seed Humanist Schools are emerging from the challenges posed by Covid, Ebola and Russia’s war on Ukraine. Here is an end-of-year message from Moses Kamya, the Schools’ Director.
“We offer a big thank you to all UHST supporters. You have enabled us to navigate through Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine. As a result of your generous response to the UHST appeal, Mustard Seed Humanist Primary School was born in 2022. Our staff, children and the entire community are very appreciative! Many new families from the wider Busota community are ready to enrol their children into the primary section of Mustard Seed at the start of the 2023 school year in February.
The community is coming to understand that a Humanist school is inclusive and welcomes children, irrespective of their family’s beliefs or background. They appreciate that Mustard Seed is a happy school, with high standards of welfare and education and where staff aim to get the best from each child. By continuing to provide scholarships for bright children from poorer backgrounds, UHST supporters give hope and put a smile on the faces of our children. Thank you indeed!
We are coming close to the end of the school year. Our teachers are happy because the money we receive from UHST each month will enable us to pay staff up to the end of December.
Our refurbished computer lab, library and science laboratory are now in full use and are enhancing learning environment for our young people.
Right now, 144 children from our top classes are taking national examinations and we are hoping for good news when the results are published in January. Numbers entering for exams at each level are:
Primary Leaving Examination 15
Uganda Certificate in Education (O-level) 104
Uganda Advanced Certificate in Education (A-level) 25.
Each year, more former Mustard Seed students graduate from Higher Education institutions in a variety of subjects such as Law, Accounting, Agriculture. Many students take undergraduate courses in teaching and nursing, both of which are becoming graduate professions.
Mustard Seed School sports teams are doing well in inter-school competitions. Both our girls’ and boys’ football teams reached the semi-finals of the regional tournament this year.
Our Aids Club at secondary school continues to gain publicity in the media because of its leading role in sensitising teenagers to the ongoing challenge that HIV still poses in Uganda.
The Uganda Government has ordered the closure of all schools by 25th November, two weeks earlier than usual, due to an Ebola outbreak which has infected 141 people, leading to 55 deaths across the country, including school children.
Despite the continued challenges, with help from UHST supporters, we expect to be opening Mustard Seed Humanist Schools in the first week of February, with more students and a determination to transform the life chances of a new generation of young people.”
Moses Kamya, Director, Mustard Seed Humanist School, November, 2022.