A LIFE CHANGING AT NYAMIYAGA SEC SCHOOL

On 7th August 2009, a team from Conservation Though Public Health (CTPH) comprising of Stephen Rubanga, David Matsiko, Ngabirano Alex, took the two visitors to Nyamiyaga Secondary School (Jerry Ann Jaccobs and Beth Jaccobs). These two people were coming from High Tech High- a high school in America based on projects. They were explaining how students at high school level learn through projects.

This was a very exciting moment for students in Nyamiyaga School- a school that borders Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a home of half of the population of the existing mountain gorillas in the whole world.

Many communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have benefited both indirectly and directly through CTPH. This is one way how Nyamiyaga benefited directly through CTPH.

High Tech High through Jerry Ann Jaccobs and Beth Jaccobs decided to work with Nyamiyaga Sec school, a hard to reach school where some students walk over 12 kilometers to school every day, a school with no laboratory, no library and no single computer on projects.

The students were told to look for projects related to Conservation, Hygiene and Family life.

Two students were selected from Nyamiyaga Sec School to lead others and work together with their teacher. The two students are Niwagaba Laban and Kesiime Judith and their teacher is Twebaze Francis who got his computer training at CTPH Telecentre.

These were to work with David Matsiko from CTPH who will coordinate all these through the internet.

CTPH has helped the Local communities in several ways and one of them is through such interactions. In 2008, CTPH Telecentre in Bwindi helped to have live interactions of pupils from Buhoma Community Primary School and those of USA guided by Tadge O’bren from Monroe Boces and David Matsiko from CTPH where they exchanged their experiences in Conservation, family life, way of living and others.

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