Next Steps...

Elspeth Dugdale | September 1, 2014

Next Steps...
From WTA back to Gulu

Keeping in touch with old students (OBs and OGs - Old Boys and Old Girls) is not so easy in Uganda, and we often wonder how they are doing and whether they have made the next step into work or further study. Sometimes we get good news and happy feedback.....

Grace__Isaac.JPGOne student who started in S1 on the old site was struggling to find work after S4. Her results were not quite good enough to start a government, nursery teaching course, which is what she wanted to do. Staying in the Gulu area was an important factor to help her reconnect with her family and community. The last four years had provided her with safety, stability and, very crucially, access to secondary education. This would have been impossible without the existence of  a school like Wobulenzi Town Academy, and its innovative fee structure.

There are so many students - especially girls -who are in this situation - desperate for education, but lacking the means for usual rates of school fees.

But determination and persistence often pay off and last term, she was offered some 'on the job' training with a small salary at a primary school just outside Gulu. The school provides accommodation on site and so she can start to become independent and learn important new skills for life. The School Director reports that she has settled in and is making good progress.  Good Job, Good News!