schools


Offline Inno-vanity: central pot success at St John’s Rutsya, Mbarara

By Bessie Sorsby   Arriving at St John’s Rutsya, Sus, Kate and I were surprised to be met by a high-tech computer lab and library stocked with some of the most pristine textbooks to ever survive life in a secondary school. The obstacles St John’s faces are not stark, and unlike many Ugandan schools, it is not lacking in traditional educational resources. For us, this means that the room for improvement is harder to recognise. […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Experiencing the Kakamega culture and Second Week Meeting

Here is PW Rosie Bishop’s take on the past weekend!   On Friday night all the PWs travelled back to the central house in Kakamega for our second week meeting. The evening provided a great opportunity to catch up and relax together (along with our house puppy) before we started training early on Saturday morning- much to everyone’s delight.   We started our first session with an exercise in which we all drew our schools and annotated […]

Bella and Hayden, PWs at St Elizabeth Bumia, giving a presentation on their school

Amanda, Corina and Miko outside their accommodation.

Project Workers settle into their schools in Mbarara

After a busy training week in Mbarara (read what our Project Workers thought here and here), last weekend the PWs were finally ready to spread their wings and fly the nest. They’ve now spent a full week living and working in their schools, and for me and my fellow coordinator Anna, the week was spent visiting them in their schools to see how they’re settling in. St Benedict’s Technical Institute – Amanda, Corina and Mikolaj Isingiro Secondary School – […]