Mr McCarthy’s News from Uganda!
I had an amazing time in Uganda, it was an eye-opening, emotional roller-coaster of an experience, but above all, humbling! To be immersed in such positivity, despite the financial circumstances most we interacted found themselves in, was truly a heart-warming, uplifting experience. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching lessons at 4 of our partner schools, particularly Walukuba East which we have a long established relationship with. I brought back reply letters for the Y5 classes and Y3L - admittedly of quite a different standard, but when the vast majority of the class cannot afford a pencil, it is not surprising!
I also met the students that BCS sponsor (and those personally sponsored by a number of staff) at Nile Vocational Institute, who asked me to personally pass on their heartfelt gratitude to all the children and parents - it is hard to put into words the difference it makes to their lives, and the positive ripple effect it has on their families and those close to them. So thank you from them all.
I plan to show the children a photo journey of my time in Uganda during assemblies over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here is a picture of the P4 class I taught letter writing to at Walukuba East one morning (children ranging in age from 8-14 years, Year 3 equivalent). Notice how there are 99 children in a room designed and equipped for 35, and the distinct lack of resources, bar the books and pencils I provided for the lesson!