The next school we visited started term on the appointed date 4th February and has already been discussed earlier in the blog.
We met some pupils before meeting the head and were swiftly escorted to his office.
This school was called Nasanaeri Muliira Memorial school and was the first functioning school we had entered.
The head told us a little about the school but was quite busy and so we soon were shown into a classroom to get on with the job in hand.
Doreen was also busy that day and disappeared to the bank to set about paying school fees for some of the sponsored children and spent the next several hours queueing in the bank to pay stranding us at the school.
So in retrospect this was the school about which we learnt least although we were very interested in our first taste of school life and shaken by the dearth of equipment. See the slideshow which follows.
The third school we visited was the amazing school at the village development where Planting for Hope had brought such change to another very underprivileged community.
Here, the headmaster who was a very impressive figure in his own right, worked closely with Apollo the man who has worked with Kate Oakley to bring skills and sustainability to the village of Kititi.
We really hope to be able to be involved with Kate and Apollo in the future and have offered to help with some courses for the local women on basic book keeping and do some staff development with the school. They have offered to help us to achieve some implementation of sustainability for Kissekka. It seems silly to try to reinvent the wheel when what they are achieving is so important and impressive.
Apollo and Kate make the dream team and if we can aid Kissekka to achieve even a little of what they have done we will be very happy, and, far more importantly Kissekka will be better for those who live there.
Africa has so much and so little. We could be totally overwhelmed by the plethora of needs but we can see how people can aid the development of individuals and small villages and are intent on the benefits of this.
The forth school was run by someone called Alex and was situated not far from where Judith, the young lady who had to have her leg amputated, and her father lived.
One sponsored boy attends this school and Alex was quite personable and very keen to show us round his school.
This school boasted quite a number of buildings but few resources in any Western notion of what a primary school needs.
It had some staff accommodation, as teaching staff frequently live at the school where they teach, and male and female latrines.
Some of the classrooms were completed, others not, although all were in use. There was a rainwater collection system and a couple of large galvanised water tanks, though only one was functional and there was no money to improve facilities.
This was the school I mentioned elsewhere where a girl had passed out causing Alex to take her to the doctor 25 kilometres away on his moped, only to be told that she wasn't ill just needed food which by that stage she was unable to keep down because it was at least three days since she had had a proper meal.
Our art lesson there is documented elsewhere but this is another school to which we will return and offer some staff development.
Before we left Masaka we asked Alex to meet us in Masaka and gave him a book on the basics of drawing and some art materials in the hope that he might incorporate some art into the curriculum to give the children a little light relief from the unmitigated chalk and talk that seems to dominate the educational system. Different styles of learning is on my staff development agenda!!
The next school was programmed for the same day but the art lesson had run away with the time and by the time we reached our second school and met its head, Dickson, there was no academic day left.
This is the school where most of the sponsored children go and we regretted deeply that this had happened.
However, we were able to see many of the sponsored children in their uniform and next time we will spend more time there. It was unfortunate that we didn't know that this was the school most of them attended before we got there, or indeed when the day was being planned.
This was just one example of our style of organising things and Doreen's way of getting there. A lesson learnt for the future!
So finally, as our final school visit we went back to Isaac's school and taught our final drawing lesson there.
He spoke more to Jeremy than to me and seemed a very quiet man. One of the girls we sponsor attends this school along with her siblings and she seemed delighted to see us.
Again the children enjoyed the drawing but it was a very different experience to be in a school which was so unfinished and here it seemed the noise levels were excessive at times largely because of the crying of a baby in the as yet roofless reception classroom next to the one containing the rest of the school.
The dedication of the staff is high and education is well regarded but the conditions sometimes beggared belief