Nyamitete Primary School lies right on the boundary of Murchison Falls National Park in the north west of Buliisa District. Nyamitete is primarily a crop growing community, but is also notorious for poaching wild animals from the nearby national park.
For over seven years the seven classes of P1-P7 pupils at the school had been learning in just six classrooms, or under trees. In 2014 they had a average pupil to classroom ratio of 120 pupils per classroom, with over 160 pupils enroled in P1 class! We intervened to assist Nyamitete Primary in 2014 with funding from University of Leeds RAG and Aston University volunteers, and constructed a two classroom block with an office and store.
In 2014 our Leeds and Aston volunteers’ fundraising made it possible to construct two brand new classrooms plus and office and store at Nyamitete Primary, including two that can be interlinked to form a school hall or examination room. The school can now apply for examination centre status, meaning that P7 pupils will soon be able to sit their exams from their own school instead of walking the 6km round trip to the nearest exam centre.
Between June and August our volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got dirty. Working alongside foreman Swaib and our team of local builders, volunteers turned their hands to making bricks, digging trenches, forming reinforcement beams and laying bricks, much to the delight of the local community who were always on hand delivering water, teaching us the local language and monitoring progress.