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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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How does EPAfrica find partner schools?

On Thursday the 28th of July, Taru, the project manager in Kisii, took me to my first school visit to St Peter’s Keberesi Secondary School. This was my first school selection visit – I was very excited to learn more about the local secondary education and the process through which EPAfrica selects its partner schools. We left the town centre early in the morning, travelling first to Mogunga, from where we took another matatu to […]


Ematsuli and Emanyinya: The Partnership beyond Project Workers

On Thursday evening the Kakamega Summer Team hosted the principals and deputy principals of Ematsuli and Emanyinya at an EPAfrica Friends Evening at Sheywe Guesthouse. While both schools graduated from our programme in 2015, we were very fortunate to have their respective deputy heads, Josephat and Douglas, attend our annual Head Teachers Conference. Over the course of the day, the pair played an integral role taking a lead in discussions and demonstrating to our new […]

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An update from St John’s Rutsya, Mbarara

Hello! I’m one of the Project Workers working at St. John’s Rutsya this year with Susanna and Bessie and thought I would share a few memories and experiences we’ve had so far. St John’s Rutsya is a rural secondary school located in Kaberebere, near Mbarara town. Opening in the mid-1980s, it is now an established Catholic Secondary school, hosting both boarders and day students from Years “Senior 1” to “Senior 6”. Head Teacher William has […]


Graduation in Mbarara: what happens after investment?

Ellie and I got the pleasure of going to Kakiika Technical School on Monday in our roles as Project Manager (Ellie) and Coordinator of EPAfrica‘s Mbarara Summer Team.         Kakiika is a school we worked with in 2013 and 2014: our first two years with an Mbarara site. After two years of investment we still visit our partner schools annually: on Monday Head Teacher Eliazar and Deputy Head Teacher Silver gave us a tour of the […]

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