NGO Boss Regrets Using Donor Funds To Refurbish Schools In Gulu.

By on July 4, 2017

Two schools have been closed until further notice and students indefinitely suspended home after causing strike at their school and destroying property.

The schools are Sir Samuel Baker School one of the giant schools in the region and St Mary’s secondary school Lacor.

At Sir Samuel Baker school students went into strike after performing poorly in the just concluded inter school Athletics competition, the students accused the management of the school for failing to hire ‘mercenaries’ non students who are paid to represent the school in Athletics.

Just like Sir Samuel Baker, school students of St Mary’s secondary School Lacor at 3AM also violently destroyed property of the school including smashing windows of class rooms, 20 computer laboratory destroyed, administration block pleated with stones and vandalized all property of the school.

Both schools have been beneficiaries of Schools for Schools program under invisible children founded in 2006 were million dollars were used to build and renovate school structures in northern Uganda and improve the schools’ educational climate through curriculum development, teacher and student trainings.

The program worked directly with 11 secondary schools that were affected by the LRA. A total of 154 structures were built or refurbished as part of the program, including the construction of 44 new classrooms.

During the two decades of war that torn apart northern Uganda, schools were occupied, damaged and displaced. Consequently, many lacked basic necessities such as permanent classrooms and sanitation systems. The damage of the conflict was not limited to infrastructure, as teaching and learning had not been allowed to flourish within the region. The development of the curriculum, career guidance and teacher training was also severely limited.

Jolly Grace Okot Andruvile who was the executive director invisible children Uganda, said ‘‘I now feel ashamed that I used donor money to build schools in Northern Uganda and now I realize it was not worth I wish I had built my own school instead.

Am angry at both St Mary's and Samuel Baker. The kids in United States of America sacrificed their lunch money to build these classrooms and now this is all we pay them, Okot noted that the students should pay for manages caused and those ring leaders be in jail.

Police public relations officer Aswa region Okema Jimmy confirmed that 18 students were arrested as police rescue property at St. Mary’s secondary school and bullets were fired to disperse the rowdy students.

Amuru inspector of school, Mr Otto Dominic temporarily issued orders to close the school and all the students were dispersed home as administration and management embarked on a series of meeting.

By Ronnie Layoo.Gulu

 

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