Location: Bubaare, Uganda Sponsoring Organization: Grace Episcopal Church Launch Date: October 2013 Approximate number of students and teachers: 160 Number of devices: 50 Wi-Fi Kindles Students’ grade level: A-Level Types of books: Storybooks and reference materials Deployment model: E-readers in a classroom set Students take devices home: No The Story: Bubaare Secondary School was started in 1983 as private secondary school founded by the Church of Uganda, Diocese of Kigezi as a co-educational secondary school.
It started with a handful of students in Senior 1, and later on it was taken on by the government of Uganda as a government aided secondary school, at which point it attained A-Level Status.
In an effort to address these issues, the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project (NAOP), a nonprofit working on behalf of AIDS and HIV orphans in rural Uganda, has recently established two libraries for HIV- and AIDS-affected communities with support from the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), a Canada-based nonprofit.
Cornerstone brings out the faces and voices of the hundreds of children that lost their parents to the disease and what later came to be their turning point.
Orphanhood had seen their dreams of attaining education vanish in thin air and encountering the most stigmatizing situation among the community.
It is now a big secondary school with 1100 students and 50 teachers offering several subjects.
The vision of the school is: Be a model School in all Spheres of Education and the mission is: To produce self reliant students through hard and team work.
Jennifer Nantale, NAOP country director for Uganda, and Mark Tusiimire, librarian at the Nyaka School Library, were in attendance, and they filled in on NAOP’s efforts to bring libraries to Uganda’s AIDS-affected communities.
WORKING LOCAL In addition to founding the Blue Lupin libraries, NAOP provides housing support, microloans, nutritional support, access to education, and HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.
It is this, coupled with the personal tragedy that befell Twesigye after his brother Frank’s demise that inspired him to build a school for the Nyakagyezi (Nyaka) community.
These schools (now 3) would offer free quality education, mentorship and hands on vocational skills to orphans.
He is a director of development at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and the founder and director of the Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans Schools in Uganda.