“It has been a blessing working with you. I am proud of the many projects that we have done together while I have been headteacher of Kiteghe Primary. Long live African Promise.”
Elias Mzugula, outgoing headteacher, December 2016
Our work at Kiteghe has been limited compared to elsewhere as the school was just a couple of years old and in relatively good shape when we took it on as one of our original five partner schools in 2008.
The story so far
When we arrived on the scene in 2008 we found a school that had only recently been rebuilt by another development organisation. However at the time it consisted only of eight basic classrooms, a nursery school and an office and staffroom block. In the early years our infrastructure work at Kiteghe was therefore limited to construction of a library, our signature project at the time, a kitchen, and installation of some rainwater harvesting facilities.
We introduced our feeding programme here in January 2014 and for a time in 2016 trialled a breakfast club which we ultimately decided we would not be able to extend to our other partner schools and therefore discontinued. We started funding one extra teaching position here in September 2015 and took on a second position at the start of 2017.
As the years have passed, parts of the original school – which was not built to a high standard – have fallen into a poor state and now look old and tired compared to the work that we ourselves have done at Kiteghe and elsehwere. In response we have recently upgraded and extended the nursery school, including a new block of toilets for the nursery pupils, whilst in December 2018 we completed a two-year phased programme of works to upgrade the rest of the original school.
Plans for the future
The works we have undertaken in recent months, including landscaping works that are now a feature of our school redevelopments, have begun to give the school a distinctively AP look and feel. These works will be complemented in 2019 by further improvements including new toilets for the primary pupils and staff/visitors, a new tree-lined entrance, and remodelling and expansion of the rainwater harvesting system, as well as additional landscaping works.
These works, coupled with other projects in the pipeline, are creating a bright new future for the school which is already consistently one of the best performing schools in the region.
We would like to thank the following donors and funders for their support of our work at Kiteghe.
Our activities at Kiteghe have been made possible largely because of the fantastic support we have received from our charity ambassador, Suzanne Payne, who has raised more than £25,000 towards projects at the school over the last few years through her project Baskets4Bread.
Carrie Schalter & friends