Completed on schedule – the 2014 Mazonki Build Project!
2014 Makonzi Teacher Accommodation Update Report
The Clarify Foundation has pledged to support local charities and to raise funds for the building and renovation of teacher accommodation in the rural areas of the Mityana district of Uganda in Africa.
This year’s build project – accommodation to house three teachers at the Church of Uganda Primary School in Makonzi – was completed on schedule in October 2014, but the development was not without its challenges.
The heavy rains mid project rendered the roads hazardous which in turn delayed the transportation of local bricks – many of which were damaged in transit – and other supplies. Rather than push back the work schedule, the local team of builders worked extra long shifts – up to 12 hour days – to ensure the project was able to get back on plan.
A team representing Clarify arrived in Uganda in October to assist in painting the new building in order to complete the build project. With the help of both school children and the teachers who were moving into the school accommodation, the plastered walls were sanded smooth and painted to create finished rooms that are light, bright and airy.
The completion of the building work was celebrated in a handover to the school accompanied by music and dancing from the pupils to show their pride and appreciation for the project.
The Clarify Foundation charity chose to build teacher accommodation because of the significant impact it has on the teachers and therefore the children and the local community.
The accommodation itself provides the school with increased status and there is immense pride in the building, not only from an ownership and involvement perspective; the upgraded accommodation improves the lives of the teachers and raises their morale, which in turn is reflected in the quality of teaching and the popularity of the school.
The Church of Uganda Primary School in Makonzi is attended by 320 pupils and at least two teachers will reside on site with their families throughout the year. This is important as it means there is always someone on site for the children who travel to the school daily but equally for security reasons during the weekends and school holidays thereby reducing the likelihood of theft from the school and its grounds.
Plans are already in place for the 2015 build project. The Clarify Foundation will work with another primary school in Bulera in the Mityana district of Uganda, to build accommodation to house three teachers at the school.
“Bulera will be our fourth new-build project, in addition to renovation projects that have happened in three previous schools,” said Claire Edmunds, Clarify’s CEO who established the Foundation in 2011.
“We have learnt valuable lessons from every project we are involved with – even down to the materials we use – and this is a result of working in close partnership with the teachers as well as the local community. We revisit the build projects and are always keen to receive feedback on how we can improve in the future. It is very rewarding to see how something simple such as accommodation for teachers, which we take for granted, has such a positive impact. In a short space of time it touches on and improves the lives of so many, especially the children.”
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