The difference between western and African schools is vast... as is the difference in lifestyle of the pupils. And that gap is about as big as it can get when you see the lives of children living in the desperately poor Namatala slum in eastern Uganda.
The Child of Hope schools in Uganda enjoy long-term cultural links with various schools in the UK and we are producing a series of videos to show what life is like for the children (see videos below). We also offer plenty of communication between the schools and can arrange video calls, pen pal letters and a visit from one of our frontline Ugandan staff (usually once a year) for assemblies and/or classroom sessions.
Our nursery and primary schools covers ages 3-13. With our videos you can help the children in your school to reflect on their own sense of community and the responsibilities which go alongside their rights as citizens – and compare this with the children who attend Child of Hope School in the Namatala slum in Mbale, Uganda. Then see how the children there have the same needs, likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams as children in your school. It will help your pupils to consider their own feelings and emotions as well as that of children living in poverty. Could be a great discussion on the way children learn and play... looking for the similarities as well as the differences.
Our new secondary school is based in Namabasa which is just across the river from Namatala. There are currently four classes in the school- Senior 1 to Senior 4. In Senior 4 the children take their O-levels.
Several schools enjoy arranging fundraising activities (sponsored events, cake sales etc) to support Child of Hope – for which we are always grateful but it is not a requirement.
Please contact our education advisor Lucy Swift on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a global link between schools.
A scheme of work for KS1 geography based on Child of Hope and Namatala is now available from the following link:
It was written to support teachers of KS1 to plan and teach the National Curriculum for Geography: place knowledge.
Check out these videos, specifically filmed in Namatala slum for UK schools...