Mustard Seed plays its part

Moses Kamya, the Headteacher and Director of Mustard Seed Humanist School, has worked hard to create a pleasant green environment for learning and living. The Humanist Schools’ Tree Planting Project has created stands and borders of mature trees.

Numbers of students are returning to pre-Covid levels. Children and teachers are pleased to be back. First year results in the Primary Leaving Examinations showed a marked improvement since the former Muslim school came under the wing of Mustard Seed. There has been a marked improvement in A-level science grades. Out of class activities have also restarted such as boys’ and girls’ football, scouting, debates and music.

Moses is proud of the impact of the school on the lives of individuals and the community. I met one old boy, Cornerious Matege, who is now Head of English. He explained that he was a former student of the school and had fond memories of being presented with a dictionary as his prize for winning the Reading for Pleasure competition. This proved life changing. The competition encouraged him to become a regular reader, to go to Teacher Training College and then to return as a teacher of English. He was delighted to be back in school helping Moses to convey Humanist values to a new generation of children. Currently 25% of teachers were former students who had a strong desire to put something back into the school.

The UHST scholarship programme has made a huge difference. Scholarships offer an educational lifeline to bright children from challenging circumstances. Supported children do well and boost the school’s overall performance at O-level.  Scholarship fees also provide a regular income, which underwrites teachers’ pay and funds educational resources that benefit every child in the school.

Mustard Seed School is well-respected and plays an important part in the Busota community.

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