IVA WERNER PRIMARY - SCHOOL REPORT 2014-2015
Appreciation: We thank God for everything He has has done in our school. Also, we appreciate the cooperation between Kibidula administration, the staff and us (teachers and students) in our work at the school, especially when we need the support in so many different ways. That is what encourages us to see our way forward in the work
We have a team of eight teachers and a principal. We also get mission assistance teachers from time to time who are such a help to our team.We have just started a new session with big expectations in teaching and learning. Children are very happy to move one class forward. They are eager to hear from new teachers and have new experience in their new classes.
We are very happy to have new missionary teachers, Mrs. Candy who comes twice a week and Lena from Switzerland who will be with us for three months. We are now busy slashing and weeding our flower beds.
During the holidays the maintenance was done in different parts, chalk boards and three classrooms were painted, and a large swing set was built.We thank God who impressed Mr. & Mrs. Katsma for all their hard work. May God bless them!
We also thank God that last year we had 9 students in standard 7, and 17 students in standard 4. All did their national examination and passed. All standard 7 students have gone to secondary and all standard 4 students were able to proceed to standard 5. Other students did their best in the internal annual examinations. 95-97% of them qualified for the upper classes.
There has been a great need for the children to have lunch at school to help them do better in their studies. Parents have been opposing this for quite a long time. But since the government is pushing the project to make sure all children have a lunch at school, parents finally agreed. Now we are building the kitchen and preparing other necessary utensils for cooking and serving food to the children.
We are very happy to see 3 teachers houses are being built by the sponsorship from Switzerland by Adra. Now the finishing process is going on. Teachers are excited to know that soon they will be moving in.
Also we are training children in manual work by involving them in gardening, planting crops like maize, beans, Irish potatoes, and soya beans in an area of two and a half acres. We also have prepared one acre for an avocado orchard. We are expecting this to be part of the earnings for our school in the future.
Beginning of last year we had a boy student who was supposed to start standard 5 , but because he had been sick for quite a long time he was not able to sit in the class for National exam. This situation disqualified him to fit to class five, yet he expected to be in the new class. Teachers and his parents had a very hard time to make him understand and be willing to repeat a class as it was a second time for him to do so.
Finally it worked! Then we took a longterm serious prayer for his health. Praise God that his wealth improved a lot. Though he was not completely well but he was able to study hard and pass his class four National exam. Now he is in class five with big joy, we thank God for answering our prayers.
Again another girl by the name Grace was in class 3 last year. In the middle of November one day when children were going home, a girl from class 6 had a bicycle and offered a lift to three girls. Grace was amongst them. She sat infront on the steering of the bike and two more sat behide. When the bike was in high speed along the slope, they fell down. The front girl fell unconscious with broken arm and bleeding in the ears, nose and mouth. She was rushed to the hospital. We prayed earnestly for her. After several days she was conscious again and started asking to go back to school. She was encouraged by parents and teachers who visited her that soon she will be well and come back to school. Within a holiday of six weeks she is completely healed even the broken arm. Now she is back to school with normal health with happiness. We thank God for this miracle of healing because the accident disturbed even her mind. She was acting strangely like a person with mental problem. God has brought perfect healing! Praise God.
We do face challenges in our school which sometimes disturbs our teaching and learning process. Among them are:
Lack of enough permanent teachers; we are praying and expecting God to send teachers who will commit their hearts to this school in long term contracts.
Â· Teacherâ€™s room: We have only a small head teacherâ€™s office which is used by all teachers. When privacy is needed in the office between the head teacher, teachers, and visitors, teachers are asked to wait outside for lack of space.
The need for a counseling and resting room for sick students: currently the library is used for this and therefore, the learners in the library are disturbed.
Last year the school lost a $1,000.00 per month donor. This has been a challenge to the school. We are earnestly praying to recover this support.
The future vision we have for the school is to:
Ã˜ Be able to recruit permanent teachers.
Ã˜ To have a counseling room, store and a teachers office.
Ã˜ To have a much needed school van.
Ã˜ To make sure that the lunch program continues.
Ã˜ School orchards become productive.
Ã˜ To have children evangelistic programs facilitated in the villages each year.
Despite all the challenges we face, we look back and see what God has done in the past with our school, and we have the confidence that He will never let us miss anything important for the success of His future work. He has trusted us and therefore, we hope and trust that He will work out everything in His own right time.
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