Jersey school children can now learn about the life of primary school pupils in rural Uganda, thanks to a new on-line teaching resource.
Developed by a local primary school teacher and linked to the Jersey curriculum, teachers and children now have free access to photographs, video, and information about Mifumi Primary School at www.mifumischool.com The new resources have been used by Grouville Primary School in its work on Africa and in school assembly.
Grouville School head teacher Mrs Pam Pitman said “The website’s photographs of Mifumi Primary School have helped our children understand what life is like in a remote rural area of Uganda. They help our children look beyond the Island and to understand both the similarities and differences that exist. With support from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission we have also raised more than £4,000 which has been used to build a new kitchen and provide utensils at Mifumi Primary School.”
Proudly sponsored by Standard Bank and the One Foundation, the on-line teaching resources are a further step linking Jersey school children with Mifumi Primary School in the village of Mifumi where many island residents have already helped to make a difference.
Claire Reid, Head of Marketing & Communications at Standard Bank said “We are delighted to be supporting the development of this valuable educational resource that will help our children in Jersey learn about life in east Africa. It’s tremendously exciting to see these new teaching resources making a valuable contribution in a local primary school. In addition we are sending two Standard Bank staff to Mifumi for a week long visit so they can develop a greater understanding of the issues and challenges in Uganda, and we hope they will come back and share their experiences with our community here. ”
The One Foundation’s Commercial Director, Katie Griffiths, added “We hope to see these teaching and learning resources expand and regular news about Mifumi Primary School provided on the website. This will help the links between Jersey and Mifumi, which already involve a number of people and organisations on the island, continue to grow.”
Mifumi has received three visits from Jersey Overseas Aid Commission work parties, and the online educational resources are the latest initiative from retired Head Teacher John Carnegie who has been supporting Mifumi Primary School since 2001.
Twelve years ago the Mifumi Primary School in Uganda barely existed. It consisted of a thatched hut and most of the children were educated under the shade of a tree. There were no facilities, few qualified and experienced staff, no electricity and no clean water.
Thanks to the inspirational input and vision of the Okoth family in Mifumi and funds raised in Jersey, including the three work parties sponsored by the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, and more recently from the One Foundation and Standard Bank, the school has gone from strength to strength with new purpose built classrooms, improved teaching facilities and a new Head Teacher and dedicated staff. The school is now attended by 700 boys and girls and is a beacon of hope in rural Eastern Uganda.
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