Yesterday was a fantastic day in Uganda. We visited a private boarding school named City Secondary School. The education system in Uganda varies from the United States, so for clarification think of City Secondary as a combination of junior high and high school. Everywhere we go in Uganda, we are treated with the uttermost respect and hospitality. This was no different today as we were greeted with traditional dancing and many warm welcomes. Kasifa, one of the MUBS students, even joined in dancing the Rakaraka. After the welcome, the head of teachers expressed the challenges City Secondary School faces. Among one of their challenges is the lack of computers. This year, Drake donated 30 computers, which will tremendously improve the ratio from 1 computer to every 75 students to 1 computer to every 8 students. This will contribute to City Secondary School's vision of teaching their students the skills they need to not only succeed in their job field, but to become the job creators Uganda needs. They were so grateful, and it really was wonderful to see the students already utilizing the additional computers.
After the launching of the new computer lab, we split up into discussion groups and each went to a different classroom to interact with the students. In my group's discussion we learned all about teeth, but eventually we drifted into conversations about future career aspirations, and Facebook (We were in a junior high/high school environment, what more can you expect?)
I thought the way the desks were labeled looked really cool, so I made Augusta let me take an artsy picture. (Thank you for modeling, Augs)
We were also given a tour of the grounds, which was really great to see, except I heard some people saw a snake-one that is not alive, just for learning purposes- in one of the rooms, so I missed out on pictures of that (thankfully).
Finally, we were given the opportunity to interact with the students through sports. Many students began by playing volleyball, but eventually a soccer match was formed. This match was only for those who could endure the challenges of a field full of hidden mini swamps. Needless to say, it was fun being a spectator as many students slipped and slided every other step. Drake/MUBS was the victor after a nail biter shoot out.
Overall, it was a great day learning about the school, the students, and ourselves in the process.