Official Opening of the School Hall at Bubebbere

Official Opening of the School Hall at Bubebbere

Saturday 21st February 2015

The official bit - cutting the string

The official bit – cutting the string

The provision of a school hall is a vital step in our efforts to ensure the long-term viability of Little Angels Primary School. At its most basic and essential level, it provides a centre for examinations, both state and school-based.

Entering the Hall

Entering the Hall

In the end though, academic considerations are no more than a starting point for its full potential. The Hall will be able to serve as dining room. Until now the children have had to eat outdoors (as we have done on our visits). It will be a place of relaxation for teaching staff and for the orphanage children in the evenings. It can also provide a venue for dancing and drama lessons. In the long term our colleagues hope that a part of the space can be used to provide a small library for the school.

Some of the teaching staff

Some of the teaching staff

It will also serve as a place to meet with parents and, once it is properly established, the whole community will benefit from the building as it can be used as a social centre; there is nowhere in the village itself.

Time for speeches

Time for speeches

The official opening took place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st February. Les Amis d’Ouganda was represented by Jeanette and Keith Mills from France and Pamela Winders from London. We were welcomed by our principal hosts Berna & George Senyonga. The excitement was high as the new hall filled up with children, school staff, parents and guardians, as well as local government officials and the head teacher of a nearby primary school.

There weren't enough benches - we had to send out for more

There weren’t enough benches – we had to send out for more

The guests have gathered. With Janet Nambi who has just gained her certificate after having been sponsored on a hairdressing course

The guests have gathered. With Janet Nambi who has just gained her certificate after having been sponsored on a hairdressing course

The afternoon started and finished with the distribution of gifts and clothes to children. These had been sent by sponsors and supporters of our charity. In the meantime there were speeches and, I think, far more important was the entertainment provided by the pupils for the pleasure of everybody.   It was right and proper that the children were at the heart of what went on that afternoon, as class after class marched onto the stage to sing for us.

Senior pupils entertain us.

Senior pupils entertain us.

Some of the little ones entertain us

Some of the little ones entertain us

There was a special end to the day for the three of us as we were served with a meal under the trees close to the hall. An important part of this was a dish of tilapia (a local fish delicacy) which had been caught on Lake Victoria from a boat that had been constructed by the young members of the Bulumbu Dream Scheme group.

Our feast after the ceremony

Our feast after the ceremony

Several years ago, we provided a solar panel for the orphanage at Bubebbere (this is situated next to the new hall) for both the safety and welfare of the young people living there. Later, a group of supporters of Les Amis d’Ouganda raised some money for us and requested that it should be used to light the hall in a similar way so that the orphanage, the school and the community at large could gain full value from the construction. This was installed in December 2014 and is now providing lighting for the hall.

 

The backing group

The backing group

The building work was started in July 2013 and was largely finished by end of 2014, though there was plenty of finishing work (including painting and the installation of a ceiling) to complete after that time. We are very grateful to the Region of Haute Normandie for the grant which enabled us to complete this project. Without their support, it would not have been possible.

On the school truck - happy children going home to Bulumbu

On the school truck – happy children going home to Bulumbu

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10 thoughts on “Official Opening of the School Hall at Bubebbere

  1. Elizabeth Nantamu

    Thank you Keith for sharing this update with us.

    It is interesting to read and shows a a lot of progress.

    Keep it up.

    Betty

    Reply
  2. Anne Hayes

    It was very interesting to read about the official opening of the new hall and how useful it will be to the whole community.
    Well done!

    Reply
  3. Kathy and Tony

    Dear Jeanette and Keith, .Congratulations on the opening of the school hall. What an event. Your achievements are outstanding, and I am sure very much appreciated by the children. Kathy and Tony

    Reply
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