We will miss Claudie Azoulai who volunteered at Stand Tall in October. She was loved by both children and teachers and she brought her 30 years teaching experience to Stand Tall. She is also an artist and her art projects with the children were extremely successful. She worked alongside the teachers and shared some teaching techniques with them that she found to be particularly valuable such as four square composition writing and mind mapping. Thank you Claudie for your kindness, intelligence and professionalism
These Changemakers decided to create two projects that will raise money for their community. Fizo collected seeds and planted them in bags. Once the plants bear fruit, he will sell the produce. Mark is doing a recycling project in which he collects plastic bottles, cans and glass beverage bottles. He not only earns money selling these but he helps clean up the environment as well. Congratulations boys for turning an idea into action.
Stand Tall is participating in the Changemakers Program initiated by the international organization, Ashoka. Each participant is guided in the process of identifying a problem in the community, and thinking of an idea to address that problem and recruiting others to help in the solution. Problems such as hygiene, poor sanitation, alcoholism, child abuse, street kids, etc. were brought forth and possible projects to help in these areas were discussed. Best projects will receive a grant from Changemakers for start-up money.
We have a treasure trove of talent at Stand Tall among our children. Dancers, musicians, acrobats and public speakers came out to welcome Claudie and Nicole upon their arrival at Stand Tall in Oct. 2014. The performances were jaw dropping and the whole wonderful afternoon ended in a chicken feast and dance party.
We’re grateful to have Claudie Azoulai volunteer at Stand Tall for a month in October, 2013. She’s a teacher with 30 years experience and she is also an artist with a passion for working with children. She’s sharing her ideas with the teachers, working with the children and doing a variety of exciting art projects as well. Her gentle approach and sunny nature has made her a favourite in a short time.
YOUTH VENTURE DAY
Thanks to Irene Mutumba (on the left) for organizing Youth Venture Day. Irene is a social entrepreneur and founder of PEDN. Irene is challenging the traditional educational system in Uganda by creating a new learning environment where young people are encouraged to think and act like entrepreneurs.
ABDU AND TIMOTHY WIN FIRST AND SECOND PLACE!
We are so proud of these two graduates who have been sponsored to go to secondary school. They came in first and second in their grade and have won scholarships from Marjoline Secondary School. Keep up the good work and never give up.
ANIMALS ANIMALS EVERYWHERE
We welcome three new additions to Stand Tall – a nice big milk cow who will be giving birth in December and the birth of two twin goats. These animals help sustain our school by providing milk for our lunch program and bringing in money when they are sold at maturity. The children love them and participate in caring for them.
Congratulations to our Deputy Principal, Jane Driwaru, on her beautiful wedding day. Radiant and beautiful as always, we wish her the very best in life and may she have as much joy as she brings to others.
A NEW PROJECTOR
Thanks to Linda Roberts for donating a brand new projector to Stand Tall. Our lessons just got a lot more interesting. We’re using the projector in the classroom and for our school meetings. The children can now enjoy educational films, something many of them have never experienced before.
TWO WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS
Liz and Sarah Weiss, a grandmother and granddaughter team came to Stand Tall together and accomplished some wonderful things in just 3 weeks. Liz worked on literacy and story telling and Sarah worked on a fabulous art project with the children as well as coaching on the sports field. Our volunteer program is invaluable to our school.
FAMILY GROUPS AT STAND TALL
We’ve formed Family Groups at Stand Tall. Each group consists of a maximum of 20 children and is headed by two of our teachers, who are referred to as ‘mother and father’. The groups meet regularly to discuss problems in or outside of school, to plan projects together and engage in group discussions. We’ve found that they provide a sense of security for the children and are very effective in contributing to a cohesive, warm and family like atmosphere.
Stand Tall Training Centre won the top global prize in the developing nation category in the 2012 School Enterprise Challenge competition. This competition was sponsored by Teach a Man To Fish, an organization based in the UK that promotes sustainable education and believes in inspiring and rewarding the next generation of entrepreneurs. In 2011 they launched the School Enterprise Challenge to encourage schools across the world to set up student run school-based enterprises, and spread the word that education really can pay for itself!
Our learners, with the guidance of their teachers, created a business plan that garnered them the top prize in the developing countries category. Stand Tall won this prize for the chicken-rearing program. The students rear the chickens from baby chicks, make the feed for the chickens at different stages of their development, sell the eggs and eventually the mature chickens. Profits realized from this venture are used to buy more baby chickens and the process starts all over.
Our prize money will be used to buy a cow and the milk will supplement our nutritional program; we will also buy some much needed audio visual equipment and perhaps a goat to act as mate for the one we already have.