Lotome Girls Primary School is a girls school in Karamoja, north Uganda, in the district of Napak. The school, the first to be built in this area in the fifties is exactly located in Lotome and is not at all in the best of repair conditions. Together with the Association Insieme Si Può in Africa we are organising a number of maintenance and rennovation works.
THE RIGHTT TO STUDY IS ALSO DEPENDENT ON THE AVAILABILITY OF DECENT SCHOOL STRUCTURES. THE POOR CONDITION OF THE LOTOME GIRLS PRIMARY SCHOOL IS ALSO CREATING A FALL IN REGISTRATION NUMBERS AND THIS IN CONSEQUENCE IS PUSHING CHILDREN AWAY FROM SCHOOLING IN GENERAL. WITHOUT SCHOOLING THE ALREADY PRECARIOUS CONDITION OF FEMALES IN KARAMOJA BECOMES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.
Actually the school has 424 pupils divided in the 7 primary classes. Notwithstanding the apperently high number of pupils registration numbers are falling due to the insufficiency of food and of adequate structures. The school has a good number of structures but some of these are very dated and in an unacceptable state. Some would need to be knocked down, whereas others could be saved in that the basic foundation and brickwork is still satisfactory.
Inside the school area two dormitories of sound design have been built, but after the bunk bed structures were installed nobody was able to take on the duty of buying matresses. Con sequently about 60 pupils are forced to sleep on the floor or share a small bed, several of them to each bed.
Moreover, the school requires a kitchen which is adequate to cope with the number of students present and which is in conformity with hygiene standards. At present food is cooked under a steel canopy. The school has also asked a contribution towards agro-forestry needs. The present dedicated area to grow food does have an irrigation system but it is old and not in a good state of repair. The school therefore is asking for work to ensure the upkeep of the irrigation system and the provision of cement and agricultural equipment so as to enable a range of vegetables to be grown to integrate the diet of the pupils. The school benefited years ago from a solar pump donated and installed by ‘Insieme si può’, and which is still today in fine working order.
Description of work to be done and the main activities resulting
The intended works are divided in two parts. The first part is the structural one and here a decrepid building which is in a dangerous position within the school grounds will be demolished. And there will be the construction of a new kitchen and installation of two stoves with controlled energetic heating so as to reduce wood consumption and provide a hygienic ambience for the preparation of meals. Another item here involves the provision of materesses and mosquito nets for the dormitories.
A second part of the proposed work concernes the agro-forestry activity, which will involve the reactivation of the irrigation system , the installation of a tank for the collection of rain water and the erogation of training courses for pupils to be organised by our staff. The content of which will be practical in nature. Subsequently the school will be provided with cement, plants and agricultural equipment necessary for the part production of the school’s food needs.. This activity will take place on the school grounds and will be supervised by the staff of “Insieme si può in Africa”.
The fixed objective remains to contribute to the improvement in hygiene and food production for the school population.of Lotome Girls PS and to encourage participation in an education path for the infants and children of the community.
Results hoped for
Thanks to the provision of materasses and mosquito nets the residential pupils will enjoy a protected and comfortable living and sleeping environment and this in turn will help improve school performance. Furthermore it will reduce cases of malaria.
Thanks to the construction of a new kitchen with Energy Saving Stoves it is also likely that there will be a further fall in cases of malaria, of the form which is associated with dangerous hygienic conditions. Add to this the fact that there will be greater agro-forestry activity and the advantages and decrease in risk are evident. Following on from all this is that school attendance should improve.
Thanks to the programme and intended works the beneficiaries will be the 424 female pupils who already attend the school , 115 of whom are resident. Also the staff will benefit, as will the parents of the pupils. So that all in all it is estimated that about 2,120 persons will benefit.