Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lutengo United Secondary School

Edward Kaweesi is the head teacher of Lutengo United Seconday School.

He writes:

Lutengo United Secondary School is located in Mukono District - Nnama Sub–County in Uganda. 

Vision: To have committed hardworking and progressive youth in the society. 

Mission: To produce obedient, enterprising and self sustaining students.

Our motto: So little yet….

It is a community–based school that was started by experienced teachers in 2000, who realised the scarcity of secondary and vocational education in Nnama sub county at the time.

Currently the school has 320 students and runs from form one to form six (ages 13 years to 19 years). Of course, some of our students are a bit older because age doesn’t correspond with class in Uganda. We are a mixed school and some of our students travel in each day from their homes while others live in the dormitories at school. 

Many of our children are either orphans or needy because we are located in the rural area to serve the rural poor who cannot afford posh education in the towns. 

Since 2006, we have been beneficiaries of the Guildford–Mukono link and we are grateful to the past and present board of trustees. 

We benefited in infrastructure development when we were assisted to put up a four-roomed class room block and a boys’ and girls’ dormitory

We have also seen the Guildford Mukono Link finding sponsors for five of our former students who have all graduated and are doing some good work in society. 

Though still young the three girls and two boys have already started some enterprises to serve the community. 

There is also a staff house which we are putting up at the school with the assistance of the Guildford Mukono Link. The reason is to save on teachers’ transport costs and also enhance student discipline on the part of the boarders. 

The students of St. Peter’s Catholic school in Guildford fund raised for us to build a chicken house to enhance chicken rearing skills by providing both practical and theory to our students as a future vocation. The building has been roofed but not yet completed. My gratitude goes to the school administration, student, their parents and the link for what we have achieved so for. 

While it is a story of successes, there are challenges as well.

1) We would like to complete the staff as soon as the funds allow. 

2) The rearing of chickens at the school for skills’ development and income generation which is still a dream. 

3) We still have a problem developing our games. This is an area that requires some investment in form of kits and balls. Our students have talents but are unable to develop their talents because of their poor background and our school's limited resources. 

4). As we expand we shall also require a games field. We have the land area but not the funds to develop it. As a young institution new challenges keep coming up but for the moment this is our priority list. As a school, along with other well-wishers, we are convinced that we shall overcome those challenges sooner than later. 

Guildford Mukono Link

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