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Successful exam results for JMLC pupils

A core programme of CALM Africa, which CFU funding helps to support, is education. A key pillar of child protection is quality education, keeping children safe in schools and giving them the skills to enrich their future.

The Uganda National Examinations Board has released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations results. The results were received with excitement at JMLC, as the students performed very well.

According to Ninsima Geoffrey, the Director of Studies JMLC, “we got 10 first grades, with the best performing student getting aggregate 9. We also had 9 students passing in second grade, and in the third grade we had only 3 students.”

“The performance was very good. Am very happy about it,” announced CALM Africa Team Leader, James Ssekiwanuka in his office at JMLC. English was the best performed subject.

“We thank the Almighty God and appreciate the prayers of stakeholders and people of good-will for their continued support,” added Geoffrey.

In 2016, JMLC had 23 candidates sitting for PLE, interestingly for the first time, girls were more than boys. The class had 12 girls and 11 boys. JMLC also had candidates from other schools register to do their examinations under the JMLC centre number.

“We had no control over the performance of students from other schools who registered to use our centre number. Not all students who didn’t perform well are from our school. Since we want to help other schools, when they asked us, we accepted to register their students under our centre number,” James explains.

“It is important to note that our goal is not to teach students to just pass exams. We are about character formation, education for responsibility and preparing students for a better future. We are about moulding good citizens for Uganda who would contribute to their country’s development. When you emphasis character, conducive environment for learning and less teaching and more learning, then passing becomes an inevitable outcome. Passing exams is good as it manifests the school good works and raises the school profile, ‘’ the Team Leader added.

The principle of JMLC is to provide quality education to the children. “And education to us doesn’t necessarily mean performing well in exams, when in other areas your performance is poor,” emphasizes James.

JMLC also participates in co-curricular activities like sports, debates, leadership training and domestic tourism where students and staff visit different parts of the country. The school is also a strong competitor in inter district and national sports championships.

“We get reports that students of JMLC are always hardworking, humble, disciplined, focused and God-fearing, based on performance reports on our students who are now in secondary school,” happily narrates James.

Director of CALM Africa and Director of Studies with best performing students

As a sign of appreciation and motivation, the director and administration of JMLC organized the ‘Director’s Handshake’ event for the students who passed. Some of the gifts handed to the students were sent in by the foreign friends and supporters of JMLC.

“I call upon parents who have school going children, and have not registered them with us, we still have vacancies from nursery up to primary 7,” appeals Geoffrey. Geoffrey further states that, the fees structure for JMLC is also favourable. The school is also fighting hard to acquire a van to pick students who might be coming far from the school.

The next academic year starts on 6 February, when the first term opens. The administration and teaching staff of JMLC is already preparing for the academic year, and promise to continue improving the exams performance and character formation of its students.

This is a great achievement for us to hear. It means the pupils we’ve been working with over the last few years are set to continue in secondary school. It means that the standard of teaching and experience of the primary children is being maintained, and improving. It means that our donations are helping to ensure this is possible for these children. 

Our thanks to everyone who supports JMLC or has in the past, through donations to the school itself, sponsorship of a child, or volunteering there working with the staff and children.

For more information on any of the above, please do get in contact at info@childrenfirstuganda.co.uk

Improved sanitation, improved health & wellbeing

Good hygiene, keeping our children safe, through improved sanitation at JMLC.

A young boy wearing a green T-shirt with a Jolly Mercy Learning Centre label on his front emerges from a corridor. He goes on to a water dispenser to wash his hands with soap before running back to class. The corridor he emerged from leads to and from the school’s restrooms. These are divided into two sections; one for boys and the other for girls. Each section has toilets, urinals and bathrooms.

Entry

These latrines have been serving pupils of JMLC ever since it was officially opened in 2009. Serving a growing population that now is over 200 members. “We had never done any renovation on these structures. Most of the wooden doors were broken or not locking and weather beaten. The paint had peeled off due to some leakages from the roof. And the drains were partially blocked,” explains Dr. James Kimera Ssekiwanuka, the Team Leader at CALM Africa. CALM Africa is the parent company of JMLC.

This poor state of sanitation was bound to cause some illness to the young community at JMLC. Yet health and wellbeing of children is a core concern of CALM Africa and hygiene is critical to this.

“Thanks to the very generous assistance from a couple of long-term supporters; we have been able to give our toilet blocks a new facelift,” says James with a happy face. “We have fitted in new doors, a new roof, cleaned and opened up the drainage channels, painted all the walls and cemented the floor surrounding the toilet and bathroom blocks,” he further explains.

Toilets of JMLC

One of this couple providing such valued help visited CALM Africa and volunteered at JMLC about seven years ago and has remained in contact ever since. She also sponsors one of the children at JMLC.

“The children are now very happy, especially the girls. This is because the new surface floor is easy to clean and the draining water runs off fast, keeping the place dry,” adds the team leader.

The 60 feet pit was examined by the contractor and found to be in very good condition to serve over 10 more years. To maintain high hygiene standards, the toilets are fumigated every term during the holiday periods.

JMLC uses the pit latrines due to lack of piped running water. “We are not connected to the National Water and Sewerage System because the network doesn’t extend to our location,” explains James. “We do have a borehole, and our future expansion plan is to pipe water from the borehole to the school and then be able to use flushable toilets”. But for now, sincere gratitude goes to those who have helped CALM Africa provide a level of sanitation and hygiene to keep the children safe.

Jolly Mercy Learning Centre Improves on National Examinations Performance

We are in that season when we celebrate results from last year’s national Primary Leaving Examinations, as they are released by Uganda National Examinations Board. And at Jolly Mercy Learning Centre, the celebrations are still on and being used to motivate this year’s candidates.

“We had had 12 pupils of JMLC sit for Primary Leaving Examinations last year. Of these, 5 passed in first grade, while the remaining 7 passed in second grade,” discloses teacher Martin. Martin is the P.7 class teacher. Martin adds that the best performed subject was English followed by Social Studies. This has inspired the staff and pupils to work hard and get more first grades with this year’s candidate class.

This year, JMLC has 19 children in P.7. Out of these, 11 are girls and 8 boys. Martin predicts at least 10 first grades. Most of these candidates are in the boarding section of JMLC, with a few day scholars. “We have always worked hard to improving PLE performance over the last years, and surely Martin’s prediction is within our progressive target range,” concurs, Dr. James.

JMLC boosts as a fully registered primary school with the Ministry of Education and Sports, and with its own Uganda National Examination Board centre number. “Some schools without centre numbers always request us to have their candidates sit for the examinations at our school,” James adds. “For instance, whereas last year 30 candidates sat their exams here, those for JMLC were 12,” he concludes.

JMLC pledges to nurture children as they ‘Grow in Grace and Knowledge’.