In 2018 Classrooms for Africa undertook a survey of schools who have received grants over the last ten years. We wanted to know what impact Classrooms for Africa's contribution has had on the schools and their communities. In this blog post we feature the Albert Valley High School in the Ntoroko District of Uganda and share the information provided by the school in response to the survey.
Albert Valley High School was struggling to offer secondary education to the many vulnerable students in the area which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of the students came from villages too far away to travel each day, so were housed in the wood and mud temporary classrooms. In January 2013, the NGO operating the school applied to Classrooms for Africa for help with funding permanent classrooms and accommodations for the school.
Donors from Western Canada provided funds to build a permanent campus of ten classrooms an administration block and a girls' dormitory. A boys' dormitory is scheduled for construction towards the end of 2018.
Today Albert Valley High School serves over 250 students.
FROM THE SURVEY:
The school director, Eryeza Kasiringi, reports:
"... after the construction of the permanent classrooms, Albert Valley High School acquired status as a state Examination Centre where national examinations are held annually. Most Albert Valley students perform well in the exams and the school is first in academic performance in the Ntoroko district...".
“ … the school has helped a good number of orphans who would not have been able to study if Albert Valley was never established. Some of these vulnerable orphans and those from very poor background have managed to finish their O-levels and have joined different training courses such as nursing, teaching and vocational and technical training”.
“ … one such student is Carolyne. She is an orphan whose parents passed away when she was 2 years, She was cared for by her grandmother who could not afford to send her to high school. Albert Valley High School decided to fully look after her. She successfully completed her O-levels and went for nursing which she passed very well and is now working as a trained nurse, supporting her struggling grandmother and other relatives. If Classrooms for Africa had not supported Albert Valley, Carlolyne’s skills would have been wasted”....Eryeza Kasiringi, Director
Well done, students at Albert Valley High School!