Friday, 29 March 2013

Facts about Uganda.




Hello!

These are some facts that I researched about Uganda for my presentation. I hope that you find them interesting to read!



General information about Uganda.

•Uganda borders several countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.

•Achieved independence on the 9th October 1962 (from the UK). 

•Its population is 33,640,833.

•Uganda holds part of Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest lake in the world.

•Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force.


Health in Uganda.

The life expectancy in Uganda is 54 years old.

Under 5 mortality rate -             12.5 % 

Percent of population ages
      15-49 with HIV                               6.7% 

Current number of children
      who were orphaned by AIDS -     1,200,000

•Uganda has the third highest death rate from malaria in Africa.


Education in Uganda.


•Uganda has the highest school dropout rate in East Africa.

•Adult literacy rate -             73 % 

•Youth literacy rate -              87 %

•Drop-out rate of primary school students -         68.2 %

Percent of population who use the internet -       13 %

There are 7 years in Ugandan education. A survey that followed 100 pupils starting in Primary One showed that only 25% of them managed to remain in school to reach Primary Seven.

Primary School is the biggest drop out age.

Over one million pupils who enrolled for Primary One under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) did not reach Primary Seven meaning a 71% drop out rate



My Goals.

•To enthuse that education is a good, fun and beneficial experience and that my classes will continue to the next Primary Year.

•For my class to have a strong and confident use of the English language, as English is rapidly becoming a vital language in the business world and communication, preventing them from further poverty and a better chance for a job.

•To develop a deeper awareness of a different culture and when returning to England to have a different understanding and knowledgeable outlook on life.

•I hope to contribute to thecommunity and be a helping hand wherever needed.

•To set up extra-curricular activities such as Art, Drama and Music.

•To be much more independent and resourceful in life.



These facts about education are a strong reason why I want to be teaching in Uganda. I will hopefully (I find out for definite in May) be Primary School teaching. I opted for Primary School Teaching as it is the largest area of children dropping out of school and I hope to encourage the classes I teach to be determined to carry on with their education and see it through to the end.
To relieve poverty in these poorer, rural areas if Uganda (and in the whole of Africa) it is vital for children to grow up with a strong education enabling them to be qualified to get jobs and bring income into their area. Agriculture is 80% of rural income so although this needs to continue, to develop faster and compete with the rest of the world moving at its fast pace, education and jobs, being able to speak and write good English is very important.

Please help support my year in Uganda by visiting my JustGiving page.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BellaWatson





Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A good week!

A photo taken in Uganda by a past Project Trust volunteer.
Hello!

I have had a very good week.

Firstly, I had to do a presentation in-front of some very important people at my school. There were seven of us applying for the Old Wymondhamians Travel Award of £750. We had ten minutes to talk and about five minutes of questions. I discussed Project Trust, the problems in Uganda, especially the drop-out rate of primary school students, my fundraising and why I would benefit from the award. (Did you know that Uganda has the highest drop-out rate in East Africa? It is pretty shocking.) 
To my delight I was chosen to receive this award and I am very grateful and I am so happy to keep the link with my school through to Uganda and on return to England.

Also this week I got an art offer from Manchester and yesterday I received a letter from CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon) offering me a place for my Art Foundation Course. I am over the moon about this as art is my greatest passion and I am looking forward to doing my course after my year in Uganda. 

Thank you also to whoever anonymously donated £20.00 to my year in Uganda. I am so appreciative. It really means a lot to me.

Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women's Day

It is the 8th March and today is International Women's Day.

I got this paragraph from http://womensdayuganda.org/?page_id=488

Uganda is one of just 27 countries where International Women’s Day is an official, public holiday. Both men and women have the day off from work and participate in events, such as the IWD Festival Uganda, to celebrate women. The IWD Festival aims to bring together women from every culture and walk of life to celebrate all that women have to offer. Each year the Festival embraces a theme. This year the event will focus on: 50 years of Independence in Uganda….How independent is the Ugandan Woman? – A retrospective of the past 50 years, present and future.



Ugandan Women: Challenged by Customs.


While Uganda has made significant progress in promoting and protecting the rights and dignity of women, a myriad ofcustomary practices among the Ugandan people contradict the country’s laws against discrimination and violence toward women. Enforcement of the laws is lax and the deeply rooted patriarchal traditions are slow to change. For example, the legal age for marriage is 18, but arranged marriages for girls as young as 15 are common. Recently enacted laws against domestic violence have done little to change women’s circumstances. It is estimated that more than half of Ugandan women have suffered domestic violence at the hands of their partners.
Daily chores are typically completed by women, sometimes with help from the children. In addition to cooking and laundry, women also typically work the land and fetch the water—both of which often require hours of walking to and from the fields or the well. Most women did not complete secondary school and lack vocational skills that would open up more opportunities to them. 

This is a website I found about women in Uganda who have pushed hard to make change, showing that women can be powerful and change the way people think.

Also women are participating more in sport showing a competitive side. This website shows the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Ugandan Sport. http://www.observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12546&Itemid=80  

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Fundraising Update.

Hello! 

EXCITING NEWS! 

Just to let you know that I have just hit the £2,000 bar for my fundraising! That means I have £3,400 left to raise before August for my year in Uganda. 

Also, I'm planning an exciting challenge for myself for fundraising. Some final adjustments to make then i'll post it on my blog what I will be doing!

Fry Hall Cake Sale






This week we experimented with icing! Fry seemed to approve and bought most of the cakes and I sold the rest at lunch time in my home house Kett. I made £52.20 today. Thank you for all of the support! 

















Friday, 1 March 2013

Support me.

Remember you can help support my 12 months teaching and living in rural Uganda by making a donation at :

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BellaWatson