Awach Piggery: Education Beyond the Classroom

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

 

So the saying goes. But what happens when you give a female student in Uganda a piglet and teach her the entrepreneurial skills to grow her own small business? Empowerment.

PED recently launched a piggery project at Awach Secondary School with two goals in mind: developing an additional income for the school while also creating a sustainable scholarship program for vulnerable female students affected by HIV/AIDS.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The school currently has 8 female pigs and 2 male pigs

  2. After one year, the female pigs will give birth to piglets: up to 100 in total!

  3. Some pigs and piglets will be sold in the local market at profit directly benefiting the school and furthering its strategic development plan; some piglets will be provided to five select girls attending the school

  4. These students will be trained on piggery management, entrepreneurship, and business management skills in order to care for their piglet and nurse it

  5. When these pigs are of age, the student will bring it back to the school to be fertilized, resulting in new piglets being born

  6. The student will continue to care for these new piglets and be able to raise them, sell them, and continue to breed them; the student will also provide one of these piglets to another female student at the school and mentor her in taking care of the piglet to begin her own

  7. The money earned by these female students will provide them a scholarship to ensure continued attendance at school while also providing them the hands-on skills they need to succeed in their communities and the leadership experience to thrive at Awach

Want to see projects like this grow? By donating just $10 a month, we can ensure that more vulnerable girls are completing school and being trained with the skills they need to grow their business and their leadership. Fund sustainable education today.

Education in Uganda: A Look Inside the Mathematics Classroom

Take a closer look at the way teachers and students come together with one goal in mind: learning and growing together. Gain a deeper understanding of the individuals who, like PED, believe that education can transform their community.

 

With a smile on his face, he approaches the chalkboard. About 90 students await what comes next from Stephen, their mathematics teacher. You can see in their eyes that Stephen has earned not only their attention, but their respect. He begins drawing three shapes on the board: a rectangle, a square, and a circle. He places a title over them: Shading Fractions.

Today’s mathematics lesson has begun for the S1 students of Awach Secondary School.

Students are quick to copy down the shapes they see into their notebooks, glancing at their peers’ notes around them to be sure they got all of the information from the previous day’s lesson correct, words like numerator and denominator with corresponding definitions.

“Who will approach the board and assist?” Stephen asks, looking for a student to demonstrate their knowledge to their peers. He directs one to shade 3/4 of each shape. As the student works on the board, Stephen walks around to monitor the rest of the class. Some are still chatting away quietly, to which he responds, “Let the pen do the talking.”

The students move into the next topic: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions. Instead of distributing a worksheet to each student to work on, Stephen works with the resources he has - he writes the instructions on the board and provides three problems to solve:

  1. 1/a + 1/b
  2. 1/2 + 1/4
  3. 1/3 + 3/4

He works together with the students on the first problem, posing questions to assist them in arriving to the correct answer. “Now, you must work on your own,” he instructs, wanting to see how students arrive at the answers on their own.

 

After a few minutes, Stephen asks for a volunteer to approach the board. Within seconds, the hands of 20 or more students fly into the air hoping to be selected, but only one is chosen: James. All eyes follow him as he approaches the board with a piece of chalk and begins to solve the problem. When finished, he breathes a sigh of relief that he can return to his seat in the back of the room. The bell rings and the students are dismissed for today.

Stephen’s mathematics class pushes students to consider math as an everyday practical skill. He works tirelessly to help students understand why math is important to their success in society when it comes to business, finance, homeownership, and farming.

Learn more about Awach Secondary School and help us keep more students in well-equipped classrooms with excellent educators.

 

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Education in Uganda: A Look Inside the Christianity Classroom

Take a closer look at the way teachers and students come together with one goal in mind: learning and growing together. Gain a deeper understanding of the individuals who, like PED, believe that education can transform their community.

 

Justice in Society is written boldly on the board. In their Christianity class, S2 students at Awach Secondary School are learning about global leaders who have positively impacted their communities, their countries, and the world.

Francis begins with South African leader Nelson Mandela and his fight for equality between whites and blacks. His courage, Francis proclaims, gained international attention and inspired other, similar movements. He transitions to talking about the life of Martin Luther King Jr, who empowered the black community in the United States to find their voice and fight for their rights - mentioning how this actions allowed Barack Obama to become the first Black President.

 

 

Students nod their heads in agreement as pens glide across their notebooks, each young mind trying to be sure that no fact is left undocumented.

Soon, Mahatma Gandhi’s name is spoken. “Similar to Martin Luther King, Gandhi fought for the rights of Indians to free [them] from British rule,” he explains, citing the nonviolence movements, boycotts, and hunger strikes that were led.

 

 

Each day, students in the Christianity class learn about aspects of religion in the context of their community and the world. Their studies focus on how religion influenced different peace and justice movements, what lessons can be learned from the lives of individuals within the Bible, and how to use religion to live a more meaningful life.

Learn more about Awach Secondary School and help us keep more students in well-equipped classrooms with excellent educators.

 

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PED Partners with GoAbroad Foundation

 

One of our favorite African proverbs has always been: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

We are excited to take one more step towards building sustainable education in schools in Uganda by partnering with the GoAbroad Foundation.

The GoAbroad Foundation connects individuals to sustainable development initiatives around the world and increases the awareness of global issues. Previously partnering with organizations in Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and the Philippines, PED is the first organization from Africa to work with the foundation.

This partnership brings new opportunities for PED to grow as an organization. The GoAbroad Foundation will continue to support PED in its mission by sharing information about our partner schools and their projects.

Learn more about the partnership and how you can get involved with supporting our mission by visiting our friends at GoAbroad!

Isn’t it time we went further?

Our first Collaborative Development Conference

On August 16th-17th 2014, PED gathered leaders from Awach Secondary School, St. James Primary, Gulu Remand Home, and Tooro High School for the Collaborative Development Conference (CDC) with a single purpose: promoting collaboration between schools to improve student success.

As PED’s first professional development conference, the CDC is a way to empower local school leaders. Bringing these individuals to the forefront of the conversation redefines the way professional development traditionally takes place in schools and promotes the sharing of valuable insights -- which are both key factors to future sustainable success. The conversations in August focused on sharing the successes occurring at each school, identifying potential solutions to current problems, effectively working with vulnerable children, and improving and maintaining income-generating projects.

By the end of the conference, each school outlined an action plan they could take back and begin implementing. At the end of October, PED will follow up with each school to continue monitoring progress. But the conversations won’t end there. Through continued collaboration, teachers from each school have created a supportive, country-wide network to tap into when they face their next challenge or are ready to share their next great idea.

 

Here are a few of the individuals and conversations that inspired us: