Bukedea School Using Anthills for Classes

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Peter Ogali, the school deputy head teacher told URN on Tuesday that for the past one week, they have been using anthills around the school as classrooms after the floods submerged the compound.

Pupils of Acomai Primary School in Kolir Sub County, Bukedea district have turned anthills around the school compound into classrooms after floods submerged their compound.

Peter Ogali, the school deputy head teacher told URN on Tuesday that they have been using anthills around the school as classrooms for the past one week following heavy rains that burst the banks of river Sironko causing immense flooding.

Ogali said they have been conducting classes under the trees.

The community school that started in 2010 was taken over by government in 2012. However, it has since failed to set up structures for classrooms. The school now has only one room which was constructed by parents before the government take over.

"We have five trees in the compound that we turned into classroom blocks where our pupils have been attending lessons. But some of the trees that had been turned into classroom blocks were attacked by termites and have dried up. Then the rains set in," Ogali said.

He said the situation has forced many pupils to stay back home. Only about 20 of a total of 96 pupils are currently in the school.  Ogali said that even the stones that pupils have been using as desks were washed away by the floods.

When URN visited the school, one teacher Gerald Nandaba was found conducting lessons for the Primary three class on an anthill. He told URN that the learning environment makes it hard for children to concentrate in class.

Bukedea District Education Officer Michael Obuya says the district was aware of the situation. He says a team from the district education committee and that of the disaster committee is expected to visit the school this week to assess the situation for intervention.
 
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Robert Kwesiga, the General Secretary of Uganda Red Cross Society says a team of volunteers have visited the affected school and the entire Sub County to make an assessment for intervention.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.