Kiggwa Senior Secondary School, one of the government secondary schools in Mityana District, is located in Kiggwa Local Council, Kitongo Parish, Butayunja Sub-county, about 19 KM off the main Kampala- Fort portal road. The school was started by the Church of Uganda, Diocese of Central Buganda, in 1982 and it became government grant aided in 2002. It is implementing the Universal Secondary Education (USE) policy, which taps into a big catchment of 9 primary schools in the area.
Despite being the only government aided school in the sub county, its growth has remained rather hindered by various reasons, including, among others, poverty. There is also still rampant drop out that perpetuates the vicious cycle of illiteracy in the community, and every effort needs to be made to reverse this trend using a multi – pronged approach, and holding public events is one of these approaches.
Meet Ms. Hellen Twongyeirwe, a committed ACFODE member, who also happens to be the Head Mistress of Kiggwa Secondary School. She has taken on an initiative to transform this village school in Mityana into a city school.
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The Head Mistress Ms.Hellen joins students on stage.
As a head mistress, Hellen is in charge of multiple duties and as a strong woman; her duties are managerial and pastoral. She maintains them and her status too. Her duties are considered part of the school executive, and often a head mistress position is a stepping-stone into administration.
“Even at the end of a dark tunnel there is a brilliant light” so goes the old adage. In a similar path, Hellen has brought hope to Kiggwa Secondary School. This has been through a number of initiatives like creating a group of friends from whom she gets support and these include ACFODE, a leading Non-Government Organization (NGO) in advocating for women’s rights in Uganda, Hon. David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga among other connections.
The chief guest Hon.David Kalwanga arrives at the function
Hellen has spent her career in a wide range of schools like Lubiri Secondary School and she’s deeply committed to the pupils of Kiggwa Secondary School. She’s proud of the school’s success both in outstanding academic achievements in Mityana District, music and drama plus the spectacular science program.
As one way of improving the image of the school, and mobilizing support by bringing together key stakeholders, the school organized a Science Fair, combined with other mini events which included the Music Dance & Drama (MDD) inter – house competitions and awards to the winners of the Inter house and Mini – sports gala as well as launch of a fundraising drive towards infrastructure development.
The ACFODE team contributing to the fundraising drive for infrastructure development
The science fair was the main activity of the function under the theme; Science for Community Health and was intended to give the students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they acquired in school. It supported the intention of developing the spirit of entrepreneurship among the children using the scientific knowledge they acquired to make basic household items. The fair was organized on inter – house basis so that it would foster competition among the students.
The winning house was selected by a team of judges chosen from among the best science teachers. The objectives of the science fair were to show case the school’s potential to teach and nurture students in applying scientific knowledge; instilling the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students, bringing together key stakeholders to support the school more in its efforts to improve on the school infrastructure and among many other objectives.
Among the science projects exhibited were the solar food drier, which intended to teach the community the art of food preservation. Most of the food grown in the country is seasonal and when food is off season, then it means people will not be able to get it and will miss out on the health benefits, resulting in poor health.
The solar food drier used to teach the community the art of food preservation.
The activity also highlighted MDD inter – house competitions and the winners of the Inter house and Mini – sports gala were awarded. This event brought together the nearby Primary Schools and gave the children an opportunity to compete amongst themselves, in various games.
Students explaining to the Executive Director of ACFODE, Ms. Regina Bafaki
The event concluded with a launch of a fundraising drive towards infrastructure development. The district MP Hon. Lukyamuzi David Kalwanga provided over 50 bags of cement for the start and promised to bring more, a computer lab was assured to be established before the end of the following month and re-painting of the school to commence within a month. The Chief Guest, Hon. Lukyamuzi laid the foundation stone of the block in a symbolic gesture of the launch of the fundraising drive.
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