Lakeview High School Entebbe
Lakeview High school opened in 2003. It was established by six people concerned with the educational needs of disadvantaged children - orphans or those whose parents are unable to adequately provide for them.
The school is affiliated to the Church of Uganda (Anglican) but there are a number of Muslim children who attend and indeed some of the staff are Muslim. Lois Pollock says she has been impressed during her work with Lakeview (in 2013 & 2014) by the tolerance and respect shown for children of other faiths.
The current enrolment is 160 pupils, expanding to above 200 after Senior 5 admission begins on March 17th 2014.
With remarkably small resources the school provides a well rounded education for pupils from S1 - S6. Some of the pupils are high achievers. The top achiever in 2013 at 'O' level [Uganda Certificate of Education] was a young woman called Sherinah Nambusi.
The deputy head teacher, Francis Mwanje told me these are the school objectives:
1. Building children spiritually and morally
2. To provide a school where the fees are set at a level manageable to parents who live on a small income - while ensuring pupils are educated to a level that enables them to compete with students whose parents can afford to send them to more wealthy schools.
3. To engage the wider community through Adult Literacy programs and sensitization in areas such as HIV and other public health concerns.
5. To reduce the incidence of anti-social behavior by youth - begging and child prostitution.
6. To provide a safe platform for all pupils to make life-plans, through school clubs like Stay Safe and the Student Savings Club.
To read more about Francis Mwanje, click here.
Lois Pollock writes: I first facilitated workshops with Lakeview High School in 2013.
We helped years 4 and 6 pupils who were studying Entrepreneurship to think about starting a small business - the skills they would need; how to write a business proposal and perform a SWOT analysis; market research; customer relations etc.
We often use drawing to stimulate group discussion and help students conceive and explore topics. There are some photos of that work below.
The second workshop introduced students to memory books. Through that training I began to understand the degree of trauma and loss some of these young people have experienced. Kennie Mutabazi's story is an example of the hardship that many enterprising young Ugandans have to overcome simply to reach the first rung of the social ladder.
A third workshop taught the technique and benefit of sack gardening. The school has developed that project further and now provides fresh vegetables to increase the nutrition of the students during term time.
Finally, a group of about 30 students had a Personal / Socail Education workshop - discussing relationships, friendships, their attitudes to the opposite sex and aspirations for their adult lives.
This work has been carried further in the Life Story workshops done in February 2014.