I know I’ve written about my school here many times. But quite by mistake, I think there are a few details I’ve never explained.
So today, this blog is about schools here, and in particular, Champions Christian Primary School; one of the big reason I came back to Mukono, Uganda.
Let me first briefly explain schools here.
The school year begins at the beginning of February and goes until late November / mid December. There are three terms throughout the school year, with a holiday [break] between each term.
Students start in Nursery Section around 3 years old. Nursery classes are Baby, Middle, and Top (like Pre-school and Kindergarten). Nursery students graduate into Primary School, which goes from Primary One through Primary Seven (like Elementary and Middle school). If students pass their P7 [Primary 7] exams, then they go to Secondary School, which is six years. After Secondary, there is High School for two years, then University.
Many people do not complete Secondary school, but there are career options that don’t require that level of education; or they can get a certificate in a desired field without needing to complete Secondary school. It is very different from America.
Most schools here you have to pay fees; the only schools you don’t have to pay fees to attend are the government schools and the quality of education at those schools tend to be not so good; so most parents try to send their kids to other schools.
The school I am with is a Christian school, but that does not make it elite or special, there are many Christian schools, Muslim schools, and non-religious schools; but in all schools here Religious Education as a subject is taught. Actually at Champions, the fee is a little bit lower for the quality of education they are offering the students.
In addition to fees, parents also have requirements they have to bring to the school each term, such as sugar, brooms, toilet paper, a ream of paper, etc (these are used by the school throughout the term).
Champions Christian Primary School was started during third term, I think 2009. They started with 57 students and have now grown to around 300 students.
The school prides itself on providing a quality education while maintaining lower school fees than some of the other schools. They also have a good work environment, and have a good teacher-retention rate.
The school’s motto of “raising the total man” is more than just a motto. This school really does want to see these students succeed and to go far. There is love and acceptance, and just a different environment at this school that isn’t at all schools here. There is such a difference at Champions that our Christian school has Muslims and children of witch doctors in attendance.
I’ve said at different times that I am helping at Champions while I am here in Uganda; I am not paid for this, well maybe in high-fives and hugs:) But, I am so thankful for this opportunity, to be back here, seeing all of the growth and the changes that are taking place at this school; to learn more about how things work here. To be a part of this community.
This video is not the best quality, but, it is the choir singing our school song; I thought you might enjoy hearing that!