Pupils learn about life in a Ugandan school

June 10 2013

CHILDREN at Blackhorse Primary School started a day of learning about education in Uganda by cleaning their classroom floors and tables – just as pupils in the African school have to do.

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They then welcomed the head and deputy head of Hosanna Primary School in Uganda at a special assembly, where they sang their school song and a Ugandan song they had learned for the occasion.

Pupils were allowed to ditch their uniform for the day and wear clothes in the national colours of Uganda – red, black and yellow.

Headteacher Simon Botten said children stood up to welcome grown-ups into their classrooms (just as they would in Uganda) and learned traditional Ugandan playground games. Each year group went on to compare aspects of Ugandan life with life in the UK, including hobbies, diet, wild life, celebrations, jobs and the local area.

“The children were struck by the effort the Ugandan children made with their learning given the lack of resources and classes of 70 or more children. Even paper is a scarce commodity at Hosanna Primary.” he said.

Blackhorse Primary is sending a teacher to visit Uganda and share expertise as part of a British Council-funded exchange.

The school is hoping to support the work of the Hosanna Primary School Support Group, which was formed in January 2003 to provide free daily porridge for pupils in Kisenyi, a deprived part of Kampala.

Over the last 10 years the support group has been able to send more than £130,000 to help Hosanna School - including providing new classrooms and toilets, water on site, daily porridge and school fees for over 170 pupils.