St Mulumba Primary School
School Motto: To produce self reliant and well disciplined Citizens
We began working with St Mulumba in 2005 and since then the school has gone from strength to strength with significant improvements in their examination performance and enrolment in the last two years. The school is very focused on improving standards and has a three year plan to get themselves there, which they are implementing with gusto.
In Uganda, schools are expected to provide their staff with living accommodation. Schools that cannot do so are unable to recruit or retain the best teachers and, as such, struggle to deliver quality education to their pupils. St Mulumba is typical of many Ugandan primary schools and cannot provide houses for all of the staff. We plan to build 4 new teachers’ houses at the school during April/May 2011 thanks to various donations raised from the Run to the Beat, half marathon in London, September 2010.
In addition, some of the existing teachers’ houses are in a very poor state of repair and urgently need renovation work, in order to provide teachers with reasonable living conditions. We would like to repair leaking roofs and worn out plaster in order to prevent more permanent structural damage occurring to these houses but as yet we have no funding for these.
The main school block was built in the 1930s and comprises 2 boys’ dormitories, 3 classrooms and 1 storeroom. Nearly all the rooms leak, so are unusable in wet weather. It needs re-roofing and the floors need re-cementing etc. We have just received funds for this project and plan to start the renovation work towards the end of 2011.
We have also received funds to continue with the renovation of the Library Block. There are 3 more classrooms desperately needing repair work. Again this will start towards the end of 2011.
This is a good school with a hard-working head teacher, the backing of the local community and we are looking forward to working with them again.
Head Teacher: Mr Herbert Silver
Number of Pupils in March 2010: 911