News from the Revival Centre from the desk of Madam Allen Ssekindi Champions Coordinator and Director of Revival Centre
Children’s Act Conference
On the 17th of July 2018, Derek, one of our very own champions at Revival, beat all the odds to join a prestigious meeting in Kampala’s Golf Hotel. The Uganda Human Rights Commission in conjunction with United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) launched the findings on the compatibility of Ugandan Legislation with the convention on the rights of the Ugandan Child. This was an extremely important gathering in a prestigious Hotel where Ministers, Members of Parliament, the international community and other Non-governmental organisations, among others, met to discuss the findings of the Report. Derek who has recently joined Senior 1 Class was chosen to discuss the plight of children in Uganda. In his submission, Derek thanked Revival Centre for supporting the vulnerable children in Uganda without whose support many hundreds of children would never have attained any education. He advised the congregation to always help those who are in need, as well as people with disability. After all the presentations and discussions, Derek signed the newly launched report. He did this on behalf of Ugandan Children as a way of affirming that findings of the report are a true representation of the current situation on the rights of children in Uganda. This was a wonderful moment seeing a Champion standing shoulder to shoulder with so many important people in this country to support the launch.
Derek making a Presentation at Kampala Golf Hotel
Derek Signing on the Report as the Chairperson UHRC and the Country Representative of UNICEF Uganda look on
The Children in their new uniform graced the occasion with a poem about sexual harassment in schools
The Panelists: Derek( L), Dr. Zahara (M) from the School of Law, Makerere University and Mr. Mujuni (R) From Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development
Note from the Trustees
After the conference the Revival Centre felt it was appropriate to reiterate the importance of child safeguarding at the Centre. The Directors of the Revival Centre have given clear instructions to the teachers, and both teachers and parents have now received direct briefings on the requirements of the new law by the Ugandan Human Rights Commission. Within Uganda, the Revival Centre is seen as a front-runner in implementing the new law.
Revival Grammar Gets a face lift
When you visit Revival Grammar School today you may think you are somewhere else and not in Matugga. The school has been painted with white and black squares just like the new ‘O’ level Uniform. The new block looks really smart. As you enter the gate there is a welcome note which tells you where you are “Revival Group of Schools”. When the gate is rolled way, your eyes will not miss the nice patterns on the new block. You will not miss the beautiful flower garden. It is our New Look! The walk way has gravel layers of stones to protect the students from the mud which is churned up when it rains. This has not only excited the student community but it is likely to attract more students. We are forever grateful to our partners in the UK for the partnership and support.
Revival schools new Mini bus
The Revival Centre has recently acquired a bus to pick up and drop off the day scholars to and from school. This was acquired after making a good exchange with the school’s old van. The owner of the bus expects the Revival Centre pay for the bus over a period of three terms. (one installment per term) The bus which was driven through the gates of Revival Centre already branded, brought a lot of joy and excitement to the children. It is not a new Bus but it is believed that it will serve the purpose for which it was acquired. In addition to the daily bus run for scholars, the bus will also take students for educational tours and trips rather than having to hire mini buses or taxis for the purpose.
Our “new” school bus!
Revival goes Solar
A new Solar Panel has been installed thanks to Mrs Crossley, head of Moorfield School, Ilkley. On her retirement the staff presented her with a gift to be used in Matugga, a project she has supported for many years. Additional money was raised by the staff and pupils at a number of school events. This gift has enabled us to purchase a ‘double panel’ installation which has been put on the new secondary classroom block. “This time we shall pass highly” (they mean passing their exams) some of the boys were heard saying. You should have seen the excitement from the Boys dormitory when the solar lights in the Senior 1 and Senior 5 – Senior 6 dormitories were switched on. A security light has been installed to cater for the extra dormitory which did not benefit from the solar installation. A big thank you to Moorfield School for this wonderful gift.
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