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HAPPY NEW YEAR and read all about 2015

December 31, 2015 Leave a comment

Nursery kids July 2015

Wishing all our friends and supporters all the very best for a Happy and Prosperous 2016

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Edirisa UK Circle of Friends

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

The nursery schools in our Circle of Friends have been exchanging recipes and telling each other about the foods in their countries. Here is the information that the Life Academy Nursery in Ntungamo shared with Oakleys Explorers in Dundee.

Hello Oakley explorers. My name is Treasure. I am in Baby class. It is the entry level into our education system in Uganda.

Treasure

We are 18 children in my class. Recently we did not have enough furniture in our class. Thank you Oakley explorers for buying for us a very big table and four benches. My classmates and I are very happy and can attend class more comfortably. Below are my friends sitting around the table you bought for us.

New table  lge

My school Life Community Nursery School is located in South Western Uganda. My village is called Rugarama in Ntungamo district. Below I’m going to share with you about the type of food we eat, how we get it, prepare it and serve it.

Our staple food is majorly Green Banana (Matoke) and Sweet potatoes. Matoke is a type of plantain that grows on a tall tree while sweet potatoes are a root crop that grows under ground. Families till the soil with a tool called a hand hoe, plant their own crops, harvest them carry the produce home on their heads. Every family must have their own crop field where they grow their own food. Before steaming, the raw food is peeled first using a knife. The peeled food is then placed in a pan and placed on an open fire to cook for about 40 minutes to an hour. The exercise from planting, to weeding, to harvesting to cooking and finally eating the food can be very tiresome. However, it becomes normal daily routine that one gets so accustomed to that it all flows so smoothly and get done quickly.

Planting sweet potato

Planting sweet potato vines above.

 Peeling

Peeling harvested Matoke and sweet potatoes.

Our food is prepared on an open fire using firewood for fuel. Below is food cooking on fire. Food is covered in banana leaves to steam.

Steaming

 Cooking sweet potato wrapped in banana leaf.

My mother packs lunch food for me every day. I carry it to school every morning in a container.

Greetings to you all from me, my friends, and my teacher.

THANK YOU ALL. IT HAS BEEN GOOD SHARING ABOUT OUR FOOD.

Edirisa Nursery Teachers Learn New Methods of Teaching

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

The provision of nursery education is increasing rapidly in Uganda and for Edirisa UK this is where it all began. One of the first projects that we invested in was the construction of a nursery school adjacent to the Bufuka Primary School at Lake Bunyonyi in 2006.  The standard method of teaching in Uganda is the “chalk and talk” method, with students learning by rote or copying from a blackboard. We have been introducing our teachers to alternative methods of teaching and trying to promote a more interactive environment in our nurseries.

Sand play

Sand play

Our biggest breakthrough happened a few weeks ago when our Head of Nurseries, Ashaba Phionah, travelled up to Kampala for a work experience placement at the Acorn School, an international nursery and pre-primary school – http://www.acornsschool.com/.

We often say that the best way to learn is by “doing”, not simply listening. The same is obviously true for teachers. We have long spoken about child-centred learning and this trip enabled Phionah to put the dialogue into the context of a classroom environment. Many teachers have not grown up using puzzles, reading storybooks or playing in sandpits; the concepts are foreign to them and so first they must also learn how to play. Using her new knowledge Phionah is leading our nurseries towards more playful, interactive, child-centred learning. Outside “Circle Time” is also attracting the attention of the primary school children.

Phionah taking Circle Time

Phionah taking Circle Time

Some of the things that Phionah learnt were important teaching tools; such as why it’s important to teach children letters using phonics rather than simple recitation of the alphabet. Other things were more subtle; “I realised that in our classrooms we only have posters made by teachers. It’s important for us to also use the work of the children as it motivates them as learners and gives them pride” explains Phionah.

Other teachers are also happy to be benefiting from the new ideas. Teacher Jackeline at Bufuka Nursery commented on how much easier it is to interact with children during “ carpet time”: “When you get down to the childrens’ level there is less shouting, children are interested in the stories”.

Circle time

Circle time

With Operations Manager, Lewis Dixon, Phionah held a PTA meeting to communicate their plans for the schools. Parents were all enthusiastic about the changes and many were asking about how their other children at primary level could also benefit. A huge THANK YOU to our friends at Acorn School for hosting Phionah and helping us to make this leap forward into more child-centred learning. We are looking forward to hosting their teachers in Kabale next year and continuing our schools’ friendship.

Happy Children

Happy Children