Lady Hawkins School is linked with NAKIGO Secondary School in Uganda.
The school is about 3 miles from IGANGA, a town in the south of the country
about 80 miles west of the capital KAMPALA.
It was set up by the community in 1986 and was taken over by the government
in 1992. Up until 2006 students had to pay fees of about £10 a term but the
Government has now introduced Universal Secondary Education which in theory
provides free places but in practice many students still have to pay. The school
has 470 students aged 12 to 16.
When the link started in 2001 the school had two classroom blocks made of
brick with iron roofs. The floors were in the process of being concreted and
there was no glass in the windows and the walls were not plastered. The school
had no electricity or running water but did have long drop toilets. Each
classroom had a blackboard and wooden benches and desks. The staff had a
thatched hut for their staff room.
Some things have improved since then. Most of the classroom floors are
concreted and there is a small science laboratory (which is in desperate need of
equipment). A new staff room has also been built. The school now has a
borehole to supply it with safe drinking water. Much of the money that we have
sent out has been put into a new building which was going to be used as a
poultry house but the plans are now to use it for staff accommodation to
increase on site security. This building still needs a roof. There is no canteen at
school for the students so many go without lunch as it is too far for them to go
home. The government had promised to supply electricity to the school but this
has now been deemed too expensive so Lady Hawkins’ School is looking to
install solar panels perhaps with the help of the charity Solaraid.
Most families in the area are subsistence farmers growing a variety of food and
cash crops on their small holdings. The main food crops are matoke (cooking
banana), sweet potato, cassava, maize (made into flour and then boiled with a
little water to make posho), yam and fruit such as mango and jackfruit. The
main cash crop is coffee, and this together with any surplus food crops is sold
to provide finance for school fees, medical expenses, household items and farm
equipment. Farmers receive relatively little for their produce as they have
limited access to export markets. Local markets are often flooded with produce
(such as mangoes) which depresses the price. The main problem for most
families is, therefore, the lack of a regular income. School fees can not always
be paid on time, so students’ schooling is interrupted. Despite these difficulties
farmers continue to work hard and demonstrate considerable ingenuity in order
to make the most of limited resources.
PROGRESS TO DATE
o Work produced by students has been exchanged between the
o Students and staff have exchanged letters.
o Mr Westoby visited Nakigo in August 2001, and Mr Smith in
o Mr Westoby took out sports equipment and Mr Smith a wind
up radio and two battery powered cassette players. These
gifts were financed by money raised through non uniform
days at L.H.S.
o Daisy Cowan, a former Head Girl of Lady Hawkins’ School,
visited Nakigo in 2004. She taught English and helped with
building a Poultry House at the school. This was partly funded
by £1000 raised by students at LHS through non uniform days
and collections. A further £1000 was raised by two former
students Anthony Williams and Richard Edwards on their
Inverness to Borth charity bicycle ride. The poultry house
project is intended to provide a regular source of income for
Nagiko as well as food for school meals. It is also provides a
means for students to work to help towards their school fees.
o Robert Harper, a former student at Bishop’s, Hereford and the
son of one of our English teachers visited the school in early
2006. He took out a range of sports equipment and teaching
resources and a camera. He came into year 9 lessons on his
return to talk about his experiences.
o Ruth Betterton, a former student at Lady Hawkins’ spent 4
months at Nakigo in 2007. She taught English and netball and
helped with some of the building projects. She gave an
excellent assembly to the whole school and came into year 9
lessons. She brought back work she did with the students in
Uganda about their daily lives, problems and aspirations. Our
year 9 students did a similar exercise and their work was sent
out to Uganda.
o Andrea Tarling, another former student went to Nakigo at the
end of January 2010 for 3 months.
o Information from the link is also used to deliver the topic of
Development in Geography throughout year 9.
To continue raising money to help finance projects such as
solar panels to provide electricity, science equipment,
books for the new library and to finish the building work.
Send a container of equipment such as text books, football
boots, woodwork tools and computers from L.H.S to
Strengthen links between individual staff and departments.
Facilitate student and staff visits
Link the School Councils and Governing Bodies.
Broaden the link to a community wide one (NAKIGO-
KINGTON) to help improve community facilities such as
Set up a FAIR TRADE LINK between the two communities
to provide a guaranteed market for agricultural and craft
items for producers in Nakigo.
Set up links between L.H.S feeder Primary Schools and
Primary Schools around Nakigo.
AIMS OF THE LINK
NAKIGO LADY HAWKINS SCHOOL
To provide an insight into life in To provide an insight into life in
the NORTH. the SOUTH.
To facilitate school and To enable students and staff to
community wide developments . become more informed GLOBAL
To enable students and staff to To enable students and staff to
visit the U.K visit Uganda
To learn about the issues of
and COMMUNITY ACTION.