Background information on RPCA updated January 2012

Royal Pride Community Academy, Mutungo, Kampala
Background information (updated January 2012)

School roll and context

Royal Pride Academy is a primary school for about 250 pupils.  It also has a nursery for about  20 children.  There are seven teachers, including the headteacher: Basime Godfrey.

Many of the children are orphans, and almost all come from families with very low incomes.  The children in Mutungo often suffer from malaria and water-borne diseases, and many are ill-nourished. 

The full rate of fees is currently Sh40, 000 per term.  Fees are applied on a sliding scale depending on the financial capabilities of parents.  Some families pay very little, and some nothing at all.

School history

The school was founded about seven years ago by Basime Godfrey in order to cater for some of the large number of children in the Mutungo community who do not attend school.  He founded the school in recognition of the educational support and care he himself had been given by church members in the slum of Namuwongo.  This support enabled him to receive an education and train as a teacher.  Through his work at Royal Pride Community Academy, Godfrey wishes to show his gratitude for this support.

The school is developing a good reputation in the local area and pupils from a range of backgrounds now attend.  In January 2011, all six candidates at P7 achieved an award in the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE).  One of these candidates was an adult from the local community.  Two of these awards were at Division 1 and two at Division 2.  In 2011 nine pupils registered for P6 and nine for P7. In January 2012, the school presented 13 P7 pupils for PLE, twice the number as in 2011 (some pupils transferred from other schools). Of these 13 pupils, four received awards at Division 1, seven at Division 2 and 2 at Division 3. These results are better than those in other similar schools and, indeed, in schools operating in far more favourable circumstances. The results indicate that attainment is rising.

Rationale and vision for the school

Royal Pride Community Academy is a community school.  The family of a previous chair of the school management committee owns the land on which it is built. Parents contribute to its work through practical work on school buildings and other activities to support the children.  The school sees links with the local community as being at the heart of its work. In June 2011, VSO volunteers carried out health checks on all the pupils in the school. In September 2011, VSO volunteers organised a Health Day to provide information to parents about providing cost-effective but adequate nutrition for their children and protecting them against malaria and water-borne diseases. Also in September 2011, VSO helped the school set up a feeding programme which provides one bowl of ‘energy-booster’ porridge to each child every day. Supporters in the UK have provided the funding for this programme.

The Vision and Values of the school are stated in its School Improvement plan.

Effective teaching and learning of both the academic curriculum and co-curricular activities is enabled by the use of a variety of learner-centred methods to suit the learning styles and abilities of all students within a secure, comfortable and happy environment.
·               Preparing young people to make a positive difference.
·               Inspiring minds, building opportunities.
·               Life skills education to prepare children for the ever-changing world.

The objectives of the school area, as stated in its Constitution, are as follows:

  1. Establish and manage pre-primary education for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children.
  2. Establish and manage a formal learning programme for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children.
  3. Manage a formal learning programme for out-of-school children.
  4. Provide counselling and life skills to children in and out of school for empowerment in decision making and personal growth.
  5. Initiate, organise and participate in campaigns, educational or otherwise intended to promote good health and democracy in society, and safeguard children and young people against discrimination, abuses and exploitation.
  6. Network with other stakeholders and like-minded organisations/institutions on issues relating to the Academy objectives.
  7. Provide support services for rehabilitation and re-integration of children and young people.
  8. Advocate for changes in the lives of children, young people and the community.

The school improvement plan contains the following priorities for 2011-2013.

  1. The Trustees to achieve registration as an NGO (SIP1). Timescale: by end March 2011 (achieved June 2011).  The school to be licensed by MoES as a primary school with a view to eventual registration: by end of 2013.
  2. Develop accommodation, resources and the curriculum in line with the Ugandan Government’s Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards (SIP 2). Timescale: by end 2013.
  3. Provide appropriate advice and support for staff to develop the curriculum and their teaching skills to support pupils’ learning (SIP 3). Timescale: ongoing.
  4. Build on existing arrangements for partnership with parents (SIP4). Timescale: ongoing.

School location, accommodation and facilities

The school has been on its current site for about three years.  It currently occupies two buildings, subdivided into individual classrooms.  One of these buildings is of brick construction and was completed in October 2010.  It was partly funded by the local cluster of Voluntary Service Overseas, a UK NGO, and partly  by REAL, a UK charity.  Local parents carried out the necessary building work while volunteers helped to provide building materials and desks made from recycled wood.  The second building is wooden and is vulnerable to flooding.  The school has plans to replace this building with one of brick construction.  Other planned improvements include extending the provision of latrines and dividing the main brick building into separate classrooms, as recommended by the local inspector.  Supporters’ contributions have been used to improve drainage and to enable the school to harvest and store rainwater. The latrines are currently being rebuilt and improvements to cooking facilities are planned to improve health and safety.

Elisabeth and Stuart Ritchie
VSO volunteers
24 January 2011

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