Skyping the World
Students from Kyanyawara primary school Skyped with peers at Brookwood School in Massachusetts, to discuss the challenges of finding enough cooking fuel in rural Uganda and how to design fuel efficient stoves. Rich Lehrer the imagination behind The Global Efficient Cookstove Project which is linking schools from Uganda, Brazil, USA and Rwanda had this to say – “WOW! That was an absolutely amazing experience. There is electricity running through our school right now and this opportunity for Brookwood students to speak face to face with peers from Kyanyawara about their lives and their respective stove-building efforts have provided them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You have some amazing ambassadors for the Kasiisi Project there, and my students are already asking when they can do this again!”
The acceptance to Harvard of Kasiisi Project Scholar Akandwahano Dominic prompted Crimson reporter Simone Kovacs to write an article about the Kasiisi Project which was published on the front page of the Harvard University Student Newspaper. She interviewed Dominic and Harvard students who had worked with the project in Uganda. You can also read how Dominic himself describes his journey to Harvard in an essay he wrote for the Huffington Post Blog.
Kasiisi Project Staff Bursaries
Three teachers from Kasiisi Project Schools are recipients of scholarships that are helping them upgrade their teaching qualifications. Kyota Thomas from Kasiisi Primary School, Marunga Ruth from Kiko and Mugenyi Didas from Kyanyawara, have all been awarded a Johanna Sweet Scholarship to assist them with their tuition bills.Ugandan primary school teachers in most cases graduate with 4 years of secondary school. They then attend 2 years of college which gives them a Certificate of Primary Education. This allows them to teach at the primary level but bars them from applying for posts as principals and vice-principals. Many choose to return to college during their vacations to upgrade their qualifications, first to a Diploma and then to a B.Ed. and some even go on to graduate degrees.
Our data show a significant positive correlation between academic performance and the level of qualification of the teachers in a school so we encourage already enrolled staff to upgrade by assisting with their fees.
Travel, Create and Educate – The Great Primate Handshake 2012
Want to travel to Uganda, learn to make videos, visit Kasiisi Project Schools and help Great Ape conservation? Take a look at Great Primate Handshake, for information on their digital media production and training expeditions, which they created to raise awareness of conservation in Kenya and Uganda. Primate Handshake has collaborated with The Kasiisi Project for 2 seasons to produce videosabout our programs as well as to provide assistance with our One Laptop Per Child program.