Schools


SHH.. Quiet in the Library!

 By Carly Munnelly and Charlotte Mackey, 2017 Project Workers at Holy Family Marukusi  On our first day at Holy Family Marukusi my project partner and I noticed the school was lacking one very vital element: a library. The existing ‘library’ was in fact a small cramped room containing textbooks piled haphazardly on desks. Attempting to locate the book you were looking for was difficult enough, not to mention the gymnast-style manoeuvres necessary to circumvent mountains of books […]

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Hillside Vocational Secondary School

As we’ve reached the mid-point of the summer, we have been reflecting on our first half experiences in Hillside Vocation Secondary School, Uganda… Our school project began with a full week working in the Hillside Vocational school all together, after Norbert, the third member of our trio, had arrived. Following a massive, vibrant religious conference on Sunday 9 July, which took place at Kitagata Secondary School in collaboration with several local schools, we already felt […]


A Technical School meets EPAfrica

By Corina Hadjicharalambous St Benedict’s Technical Institute, which received its first year of investment in 2016, is only the second technical school that EPAfrica has ever partnered with in Uganda. These operate very differently to secondary schools – instead of teaching History, Science and English, students instead learn a variety of practical skills, ranging from Tailoring to Plumbing, Carpentry and Construction. For EPAfrica, this presents a lot of opportunities, as it allows us to adapt […]

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Empowering Female Students

Hayden Banks and Bella Middleton We have relished the opportunities available to empower female students in our role as PWs. Uniquely assigned to an all-girls school, we have been made even more aware of the issues associated with gender inequality in East Africa than our peers at mixed schools. Indeed early on we observed high levels of absenteeism and after speaking to the principal (herself a great source of inspiration for the girls), it was […]


Dispelling the Week 8 Hate (h8)

By Susanna Peden Ten weeks can sound a bit daunting when you’re sitting in a snazzy office in London during training; it can sound even m ore daunting when all your friends react to it with shock; and it can seem very, very daunting when you’re sitting on the plane to Entebbe.  All this changed after a few weeks in Mbarara. For most of the project, time has absolutely flown by.  Nearly once a day, […]

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Ematiha Water Project 2016

Rosie Bishop and Robbie Mallett One of the first things we noticed after arriving eight weeks ago at our school was that whenever the students needed water they would undertake the 20-minute round trip to the local borehole to fill twenty litre containers. This was mostly done by the girls who then carried the considerable weight over uneven ground back to the school. The school had two large water tanks on site, neither of which […]


Teaching and learning, can we influence what happens in the classroom, and should we?

‘Don’t teach, invest.’ – This was one of the slogans I remember when making the decision to apply to EPAfrica (KEP back then). The rationale makes sense: for us teaching is unsustainable and counterproductive. University students from the UK are simply not qualified to teach, especially in an alien education system where there is a surplus of more-able, qualified teachers. However the result of this alternate focus on resource investment  perhaps meant that we are […]

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Innovating Enjinja!

My name is Lydia Dean and I am a Project Worker with Caroline Zhu at Ejinja Mixed Day Secondary School. We received £170 from the ‘Innovation Central Pot’ for a computerised administration programme, and £370 from the ‘Water Central Pot’ for the installation of a 10,000L plastic water tank. I thought I would write about the admin programme, since this is something that has never been seen at an EPAfrica school before! In our assessment […]


10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]

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What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]