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Community Open Day!

22 Nov

This friday, TRC hosted their Community Open Day with the theme ” Together for Sustainability”. It was a colourful ceremony graced by the presence of the LCV chairman of Masaka District, the Catholic priest, the Parents and Teacher Association (PTA) members,Knowledge for Children staff,   pupils and entire TRC community. The day started with a mass held by the catholic priest to celebrate some of our pupils finishing the foundation classes, then an exhibition by Tekera Vocational School  and lastly an auction to sell off our produce, and  other goodies that the community had brought.

At the beginning of this year, TRC set out sustainability as one of its major goals and all activities for this program year have been geared towards achieving that goal. The Open Day was aimed at engaging the TRC community in our goals, and so all community members were asked to voluntarily contribute an item to be sold off in the auction. I must say , the community surpassed all our expectations when they contributed 25 chickens, 4 goats,Fresh produce like bunches of bananas, beans, papaya, avocado, sugarcane , eggplants, mangoes, tomatoes, onions, pineapples, and cassava.

As earlier mentioned, Tekera Vocational School also held an exhibition to show the community what the students were being taught so as to attract more students to join the school. Both the primary school pupils  and TVS students showed off their skills they had acquired in the tailoring, construction and carpentry classes. Parents proudly bought the products that the children had made.

All in all, the day was a fun-packed day for everyone and by the end of the day , we had raised  264CDN. All proceeds will go towards TRC projects.

The head teacher dressed for the day !

The head teacher dressed for the day !

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Excited pupils

Excited pupils

Our choir for the day

Our choir for the day

Preparations for the day by PTA members

Preparations for the day by PTA members

Pupils presenting about their work to the parents

Pupils presenting about their work to the parents

Made by TVS students !

Made by TVS students !

Parents talking to the Carpentry Teacher at the Open day

Parents talking to the Carpentry Teacher at the Open day

I was dressed by the TVS students

I was dressed by the TVS students

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Primary Six items

Primary pupils work

Primary pupils work

TVS Tailoring students items

TVS Tailoring students items

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Pineapples

Papaya

Papaya

Avocado brought in by the community

Avocado brought in by the community

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Open Day Goodies

TVS Students work

TVS Students work

 

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The Guest of Honour!

The Guest of Honour!

News from Tekera!

14 Sep

End of the 2015 School Year

7 Dec

It is officially the end of the 2015 school year at Tekera Primary School! A number of events were held at the school to celebrate the graduation of the Top Class (Nursery) students and the successful completion of the Primary Leaving Examinations for the Primary 7 students.

During the celebrations, TPS welcomed the founders of Knowledge for Children and presented drama skits, traditional dances, and music to thank them for helping provide text books to the school.top class grad9 top class grad8 top class grad7 top class grad6 top class grad5 top class grad4 top class grad3 top class grad2 p7

Primary 7’s sitting their Primary Leaving Examinations

2 Nov

It is an important week for the Primary 7 students of Tekera Primary School as they sit their Primary Leaving Examinations.

All year Primary 7 students have been taking extra classes and study periods in preparation for sitting this exam. Last week, local community members and religious leaders were invited to TRC to pray and wish for the students success in this examination.

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Primary 7 students (sitting centre) listen to a local pastor speak to guests and students.

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IMG_0686 There was music, snacks, and sodas for Primary 7 students after the ceremony.

The entire staff of TRC and TPS wish all students success during these next few days of examination!
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Cujo the Dog

28 Oct

After serving TRC since 2005, Cujo the dog has passed away. During more than 10 years of loyal service, Cujo became a centrepiece of the Centre and the Tekera community. She was the first one to greet any visitor to the Centre and spent her days escorting the oxen to the magic tree spring and resting in the school yard. She was loved by all staff, students, and community members that came through Tekera and will be greatly missed.cujo cujo

14 Sep

Meet Christine Nalweyiso. Christine is four years old and a Tekera Primary School student in Baby Class (pre-school). At the Optometry Outreach TRC hosted several weeks ago, Christine was diagnosed with a severe squint (strabismus) in both of her eyes. The condition can be cured through treatment, but if left undetected it can lead to permanent vision loss. Thanks to the visiting team of optometrists, the problem was caught and Christine’s vision can be corrected. The optometrists referred Christine to the Reharo Eye Centre in Mabrara, Uganda. Last week, TRC staff — including the school’s head teacher — drove Christine and her mother to the Centre, where she underwent further tests and consultation. Thanks to donors in Canada, Christine will have corrective eye surgery christine 3 christine1 christine2on one of her eyes, followed by a second surgery next year.

Optometry Outreach Day at TRC

21 Aug

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The first optometry outreach was recently held at TRC and TPS! 171 students, teachers, and community members attended the outreach to have their eyes checked and examined by an optometry outreach team from Masaka.

The team comprised of 4 individuals who are professional optometrists and were led by Ann Basiima, who is the head of the eye department at the Masaka Hospital, and Kunja Abdullah, the President of the Association of Optometrists in Uganda.

 

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While the majority of the students and community members tested had good vision scores, some students were treated for allergies, eye dryness, and debris that was stuck in eyes. Some special cases involving TPS students were also discovered and will require follow-up appointments over the next few months and years. We are thankful to be able to have hosted such a professional outreach team who showed kindness and care to each and every student that came through the outreach.

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Football and Netball Matches in Kasozi Village

31 Jul

It was a day of competition against some local rivals as the TPS boys football team and girls netball team, faced off against St. Mary’s Primary School in Kasozi Village. The boys pulled off an impressive performance by beating the home team 1-0, while the girls lost in their match.

Teachers and students were happy to enjoy the time away from classes and take a break from studying as the second term of the year comes to an end in a few weeks.

 

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The boys football team poses for a photo.

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Game action with Tekera in blue and Kasozi in orange.

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The girls netball team.

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Students from both teams took part in a small talk after the matches.

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Fans of Tekera celebrate after scoring a goal.

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Tekera Primary students and teachers were happy to cheer on the boys and girls.

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Tekera fans watch patiently during the girls netball match.

 

Building Expansion for Staff Residences

19 Jul

TRC is under construction as the Guest House receives a building expansion to further the staff residences and to create some much needed storage space. Once the rainy season finished and the road dried up, builders and supplies began arriving on site and the builders got to work!

 

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TPS Music, Dance, and Drama Performance

10 Jul

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Tekera Primary School held its annual Music, Dance, and Drama performance. Students and teachers were divided into houses, or teams, to compete in categories of singing, poetry, and traditional dances. All song, poetry, and drama performances were based on the issue of children’s rights here in Uganda. TPS had the privilege of hosting the students from Notre Dame Secondary School who treated the staff, students, and audience members to their award winning traditional dance routines.

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