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Madame Beatrice Olinga

Headmistress

ST. MARY’S JJANYA PRIMARY SCHOOL

P.O BOX 6 MPIGI (U)

  • BACKGROUND
  • This school was started in 1938 as a sub-grade school under the Catholic Church Missionaries and teaching the 3Rs, it was from primary one to two.
  • They started with the construction  of two primary schools of six classes one for boys, the current primary and the other for girls, which is the current secondary school. This was mostly done by Rev. Fr. Cypus from Itary.
  • In 1964, the two school were joined and formed a co-education school. It now a fully government day school.
  • LOCATION
  • St. Marys Jjanya Primary School is located in Konkoma parish, Mpigi Town Council, Mawokota County in Mpigi District. It is 24 miles along Kampala Road. The school caters for peasants children who cannot afford tuition fees and education standards of the Elite schools.
  • MANAGEMENT
  • The school is managed by the school management committee that comprises of 12 members, 5 members are representative of the foundation body including the chairperson who is Mr. Kizito Dick. One person n from the local council I , one person from the civic  parish, one person from the sub-county, one  member from PTA, one member from  OB/OG and boys/ girls and one representative of the teaching staff.
  • The school enrollment for the year 2013 is 409 girls and 417 boys’ total of 826 being taught by only 14 teachers, which is still a high pupil/ teacher ratio to deliver properly. These teachers are paid monthly by the government US $ 106 per month. The school has no project it runs that generates money.

At first Kinder life, was funding planting of maize but due to unreliable weather the harvests were poor. Currently Kinderhlife sends money for purchase of flour, besides feeding pupils they helped to complete a house that Andrew the first person to come here found at a wall plate. This serves as a guest house during visits of Kinderhilfe members and the one teacher uses part of it.

They bought the school 2 big saucepans for boiling porridge, 50 hoes and this year they have put up another 4 roomed house to be shared by 2 teachers.

 

This place is dominated by children who are living with aged grand parents whose children have died of Aids. Most of the children are between 5-14 years.

Food is at times a problem especially this year when we were hit by drought. The porridge helped in putting children at school.

Kinderhilfe helped in putting up a solar water pump system that serves the school and the community. This term when the borehole ad solar system broke down, they came in and  had them repaired. As a school and community we partially rely on charities got through our friends in German through Uganda Kinderhlife.

 

This year Kinderhlife bought for the school two cupboards, two tables and 10 plastic chairs and paint for classes. Kinderhlife also renovated a veranda that was collapsing.