Posts Tagged ‘nursery education’

Star Fundraiser

August 29, 2015 Leave a comment

When people fundraise for our various projects it is such a huge benefit to our small charity and we are very grateful to everyone who helps us.

In December 2014 Clayton Woltz together his mother and Hubab Hood visited our projects in Uganda and were shown around by our Operations Manager, George Kakonge. Clayton and Hubab had a “drone camera” and took this wonderful picture of the clinic on Bwama Island.

Aerial of clinicClayton told his niece Belle about our projects and Belle was keen to help and to fundraise for a playground at one of our nursery schools. We sent her information and posters and she set about her task.


In her own words here’s how Belle raised the funds:

Upon pondering ways to collect monetary means for your charity, I happened to contact my language arts teacher and very close friend of mine, Megan Macke. Megan advocates for youth community service and has many groups of students, including myself, reaching out and giving back to our small, rural town. In her efforts raise money for a mural, she and other students sold cheese. The cheese is made by Pearl Valley Cheese (, a local farm not too far away from our county, and one makes 4(8-9)% profit from all sales.


With this being said, the sale of cheese is supporting our local economy as well as the profit going to a wonderful cause, not to mention they manufacture award winning cheese products. I adopted the cheese sales as means of fundraising, as well as networking with many family members and small businesses, and had much support from major healthcare companies. My fundraiser was conducted over the span of one month, with my monetary goal being $500(cost of one playground). Conducting this fundraiser has been such a great experience for me, and I plan to continue my efforts. As you know, I exceeded my initial goal, by raising $541.50. I had $498.50 collected in cheese sales, $241.50 of which being pure profit. I had $300 worth of donations. 

With this being said, my successes show how youth have the power to make a difference, and change the world. My experience has been completely rewarding. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and proud that I have so many individuals connected to Edirisa, from southern Ohio, USA. 


Thanks Belle and thanks also to Clayton who matched her efforts with his own donation!

The playground at Nyakasiru is being built and will be ready when school goes back on September 7th.


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.


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 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.


 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.


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 –

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