Its a pleasure to report that in the 2023 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) all of our students at Arlington Junior School ( AJS) and Matuwa Junior School (MJS) have passed! We celebrate with our staff and students on this achievement.
Arlington Junior School did exceptionally well; 97% of AJS students scored in Division One, placing it in the top 1000 schools in the country. Henry Nakwekwe got a perfect score of 4 aggregates, and was the first student in the school’s history to get a perfect score. Best girl Naburonya Zaidat Rajab, Namanda Daniel and Shikanga Job Wakwaale got 5 aggregates. All our students did very well in the PLE and we are very proud of them. AJS was the best performing school in the Bududa District and these were the best PLE scores in AJS history.
At Matuwa Junior School, this was only the second year that students sat for the PLE. We are very proud that every student passed, and all of these students will go on to secondary school.
This great performance at both of our schools is a testament to our hardworking teachers, staff, students, their supportive families, and our wonderful sponsors and supporters! A special thanks go to our partner schools in the US – the teachers, students and parents of Arlington Traditional School, Tuckahoe Elementary School, Nottingham Elementary School, Discovery and Silverbrook Elementary School for your involvement. We also want to thank the volunteers and donors from the US who visited our programs last year and worked at our schools, including students and faculty from Marymount University.
Alington Junior School students in primary seven sat their Primary Leaving Examination in November,2023 and they had the honor to host the Bishop of Mbale, the Rt. Rev. John Nandaah who led them in prayer. They were encouraged and advised on how to approach the exams and asked not to be anxious in his remarks.
Afterwards, AAH hosted a farewell party for them, where they played games such as cornhole, jump rope and dancing. Cornhole teams represented both the US and Uganda with Team US taking the win. Best wishes to them.
During the implementation of the quarter one “Integrated education for HIV prevention in Bududa communities project” funded by PEPFAR. This reporting quarter was an important opportunity to showcase the importance of working with Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the fight against HIV. It was also a clear example of the role key stakeholders must play in coordinating and contributing to an all of society approach to HIV prevention.
This project was particularly important as it commenced after the COVID 19 pandemic and was an important milestone in the reawakening of the HIV prevention message in the target communities. Together, we contributed to the coordination, policy messages and amplified community voice in the fight against HIV. Daily HIV messaging and training brought local communities together to prepare for each day and share the key HIV prevention strategy. With AAH co-coordinating the implementation of the project, stakeholders were able to play a key role in bringing together the HIV prevention messaging alive in their communities through training and participating in the development of the HIV prevention curriculum.
These key messages were shared, evidenced, and amplified by our trained volunteers at local schools and events across the district. Community voice was brought in through trained AGYW peer educators from AAH teachers and students, where AAH connected live to communities on the front line of risk to bring local voice and urgency on HIV prevention.
Our efforts were recognised and had an impact. All this was made possible through the funding from the PEPFAR Uganda Community Grants to Combat HIV/AIDS
AAH co-founder, John Wanda was joined by AAH Uganda staff at a meeting of Bumwalukani Community held at at Bumarakha Primary School on 4th November, 2023 . This school, located on top of Bumwalukani hill, was closed by the government in 2011 following a landslide in the area. Children from this area and surrounding villages have nowhere to go to school, and most stay at home.
The community, after lengthy discussions, resolved that the government re-opens the school in January 2024. The community will undertake needed repairs on the school, including new floors, repair doors and locks, and bring back any furniture in their possession. They committed to send children to school and feed them. Arlington teachers offered to volunteer and help with teaching as the government re-assigns teachers. Arlington will also provide some much needed supplies. The community resolved that the government provides Bumarakha the same resources they give to other schools in the district.
Beatrice Tierney Health Clinic received a donation of five new laptops from Outreach Electronic Medical Record System , an organization led by Dr. Peter Smith. The computers delivered on 23rd October, 2023 by Dr Peter, his wife and a team of its technical personnel in Uganda. BTHC is among the six beneficiaries of this donation which came along with an extension of internet connection at the facility. The new electronic system replaces the older paper system which is faster, secure and relibale in keeping patient records, monitoring and making reports.