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Uganda: The end of term.

In Uganda, the academic year begins in in February and ends at the end of November. This means that students have their longest holiday of two months over the Christmas period in preparation for moving to their next class in the new academic year.

Each holiday, St Denis asks many of their students to return to school in the first week of the holiday in order to provide manual work on the school agricultural businesses and show their support for the school self sufficient project. This time, each class was allocated two days of work which meant that around 20 students came each day for the first week to perform tasks such as removing the rotting banana bark from the suckers in the plantation, weeding and collecting dry grass to lay on the plantation. Many students worked extremely hard and enjoyed coming to school to see their friends one last time before the holidays really started!

        

(Students take a break from weeding and carry dried grass to the plantation for mulching.)

As usual, the students who have worked the hardest on all the self sufficiency projects this year have been rewarded with certificates and gifts of thanks such as new socks, graph books or art books. Around 5 students were selected for certificates from each business, meaning almost 15 were rewarded for their commitment. 

   

(Students use knives to remove the outer rotting bark from the banana trees and work together to take dried grass into the plantation.)

With computer internships planned again for January, and lots of work to be done on the plantation and in the canteen over the next term, they'll be plenty of opportunity for more students to show their commitment to the self sufficiency project and get their certificates too! They are proving a hit with students who have increased their commitment as a result of the recognition for their hard work.  


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