Lookwide Uganda 2014 is a Northumberland Network Scout expedition to a small village in Southern Uganda, the aim of the expedition is to improve the condition of the Kabada Primary school, improve the learning resources at the school, work with the villages Scout group, help secure the financial stability of the village, through the planting of a small mango plantation, and provide pigs for the community piggery.
The school is in the village of Magiri in Masaka District approximately 105 miles south west of Kampala, this will be the first expedition by any UK scouts to this area of Uganda. Northumberland scouts have a long connection with Uganda with expeditions carrying out community projects in other areas of the country since 1991.
The Kabada Primary School has over 380 pupils with 10 staff, the building are generally weather proof but not very secure with doors missing and many window openings that have more in-common with doors! the floors are damaged, most the walls are bereft of teaching resources, the black boards need patching and repainting. Unfortunately we don't have the time or resources to do everything we want to do In the school so we are going to focus our efforts on the main teaching block of three large classrooms, where we will;-
- Install new made to measure doors (with frames)
- Repair all damaged window openings
- Fit window frames and shutters
- Repair floors
- Repair and repaint blackboards
These improvements will not only make the classrooms more effective educational spaces, by making them more secure we will also ensure that these spaces remain usable and any teaching resources remain in a good condition.
In addition to the physical improvements to the classrooms, we will also look to improve the educational experience of the pupils, by providing better classroom resources; displays, text books, exercise books and other learning materials (which will be better preserved, in the now secure classrooms). Some members of the expedition will help to deliver some lessons, giving the pupils an unique experience, one they will not forget.
The local community have asked us to help them develop a mango plantation and piggery for the benefit of the whole village. We will buy and plant the mango trees in the village and provide the first pigs for their piggery, these community assets will be looked after by trusted residents of the village.
As Scouts we could not visit the village and not work with the local scout group, which has 60 member and 1 leader. The expedition members will work with the group, teach them about scouting in the UK share some games and activities and hopefully learn some Ugandan activities to take back to groups in Northumberland. At present the group has no uniform, we are planning to provide the group with neckerchiefs and the leader with a full uniform, this will help build a sense of identity and a greater connection with the global scouting family.
As scouts all expedition members have made a commitment to "help other people", what better way to fulfil this commitment than to help young people achieve their potential, through improved education and a more stable community. Please help us to help them! any contribution you make will go towards the projects in Uganda, the Network scouts are financing their own travel and accommodation, the more money we receive the more we can do.