Congratulations to Mark and Faizo for being selected to represent Uganda as Changemakers through the world wide Ashoka Foundation. Changemakers are required to identify a problem in their community, think of a plan to tackle that problem and then, recruit others to help make their plan a reality.
Mark created a recycling project as a way to help clean up his community and Faizo, on the right, created a plan of planting seeds in sacks as a way to grow food in his community where land is scarce. Both were selected to join other Changemakers in Nairobi and for both, it was their first trip outside of Uganda. We’re very proud of them and we expect great things to come from these two young men.
Be sure to read our final newsletter for 2013. It’s a re-cap of the term with lots of pictures. Send us your comments. We love to hear from you.
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Our end of year meeting with the parents was very well attended and generated a lot of dynamic discussion and interaction. We discussed our new policies concerning the responsibilities of the parents and learners in regards to attending Stand Tall. We pointed out positive developments in the areas of behaviour, participation, attendance and hygiene. We discussed the importance of parent involvement in the success of their child and we also outlined guidelines for our sponsorship program to secondary/vocational school. All in all, it was a very successful meeting and we encourage our learners to keep studying during their holiday break.
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.