Connect Abaana Network Schools (CANS): Our Five Schools
A total of five CANS primary schools are located in villages or towns that have a critical need for education among a poor population. Locations of our schools can be viewed on the map below. During the first term of 2016, there were 1,7251 students enrolled at our five primary schools. 93 had only one parent and over 39 had no parents living. There were 169 boarders. During the first term of 2015 there were 1,632 students enrolled.
Transfers to Uganda for CANS Schools totaled $20,300 in 2012, $18,500 in 2013, and $14,500 in 2014.
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Naama Millennium School (Naama, Uganda)
When our founder, Dr. Kigongo, identified an open-minded community to start Naama Millennium School, he chose Margaret Musoke to lead the new school. She shared our our vision for schools that expose rural children to rich learning experiences. Students benefit from free meals and sanitized water and teachers visit homes when a student is absent and work with families to reduce drop out rates. The teaching staff is also encouraged to take leadership roles and utilize creative methods in the classroom. Opening in 2000 with 77 students, Naama Millennium has grown by leaps and bounds, developing a regional reputation for excellence. It now supports close to 500 students whose progress is carefully evaluated. The strength of this school is evident in the success of its pupils rather than the beauty of its buildings. Graduates of Naama Millennium School achieve twice the average passing rate on their exit exams when compared with public schools, and they are sought after for secondary school placement. With the help of CANS USA donors, a new building was constructed in 2011-2012, and land was purchased to accommodate expansion. Funds were provided for electricity throughout the school and a building and land purchased in 2013. The current dormitory is aging but a new latrine is being constructed to improve school conditions.
Nov 2013 Uganda National Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) Results. 29 Students took the exam. 20 were rated in division 1 or 2 which guarantees them a place in secondary school. Eight others passed the test.
Nov 2014 PLE Results: Of 38 taking the exam, 27 received Division 1 or 2 and all others passed the exam.
Nov 2015 PLE Results. Of 26 taking the exam, 16 received Division 1 or 2 scores and all others passed the exam.
Naama School was able to purchase adjacent land and a building in 2013 as well as electrify the school which helped to improve exam results in 2014. It received a laptop computer and training in 2013 and purchased a printer in 2014. These purchase were made with donations from CANS USA donors.
There were approximately 231students in February 2015. Thirty seven had lost at least one parent and 104 were boarders.
Nabembezi School (Mityana, Uganda)
The Nabembezi School was founded in 2007 by Daniel and Janet Kato, a husband and wife team, to address low literacy rates and unsafe school commutes in their vicinity. Mr. Kato lovingly built most of the classrooms by hand, and Mrs. Kato has been recognized for her achievements in the field of education by being chosen to help develop the national music curriculum. Music is integrated across the curriculum at Nabembezi and it is joyfully on display, as students sing and dance their way through lessons about the English language, science and math concepts, and life skills. The school also serves as a facility for personal advancement. The leadership plans to build a library and create adult learning programs for the benefit of families and the wider community. This school provides meals, school uniforms, and educational materials to meet the needs of 176 elementary and middle school aged children in the village. The first Primary 7 graduation was held in late 2013.
Nov 2013 Uganda National Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) Results. In 2013 14 students took the exam and all 14 were rated in division 1 or 2 which guarantees them a place in secondary school.
Nov 2014 PLE Results: Of 13 taking the exam, all 13 received Division 1 or 2!
In 2015, completed two new dormitories. Two pit latrines were completed for those dormitories with donations from CANS donors.
In the first term of 2016, there were 414 students of which 53 had lost at least one parent.
Nsangwa Millennium School (Mpigi, Uganda)
The Nsangwa Millennium School embodies the spirit of grassroots community improvement. After CANS started a village-wide discussion about starting a school, construction began in December 2010 on donated land by community members who volunteered their time and labor to build a temporary structure by hand. When the school opened two months later, in February 2011, there were 47 students ranging in age from 5 to 13 years. Most of them had never attended school before and only spoke their tribal dialect, Luganda. By the close of June 2011, 80 students were in attendance! A district official who had heard rumors about a new school "off the map" came to investigate. Disarmed by the success of the Nsangwa village initiative and the high level of organization evident at the Nsangwa school, she pronounced her enthusiastic support, and even promised to provide some books for the school. Now the children of Nsangwa are speaking, reading, and writing in English. Even though electricity and water are not currently available, the first permanent building was constructed in 2013. The roof was added in January 2014 and they are raising money to completely finish the building. They also need to replace the temporary open-to-the-elements shack. Currently some classes are held under large Mango trees.
Peter, our head teacher in Mpigi, was right out of teacher training college with a certificate in teaching in July 2011. He was the first teacher hired for our Mpigi school and was asked to lead and start the school, a huge challenge for a 21 year old with no experience. Additionally our school has no electricity and no water and had only a temporary building!
However, our school is in a beautiful rural location with several big Mango trees under which some classes are taught. In less than three years, Peter was able to lead the school so well that nine of 16 students taking the PLE exam in November 2013 were assured a place in secondary school. In the summer of 2014, after mentoring Richard to take over, Peter left the school to get a degree to teach at the Secondary level. In November 2014 all 17 students who took the exam were assured a place in secondary school so obviously Richard is taking over where Peter left off. We are so thankful for the great work Peter did and that he has chosen to further his education.
CANS USA purchased a bike for Richard to ride to school as before that he walked 8 miles each way.
Last July, a minimum of three teachers from every CNS school attended a two day Reading Foundations workshop instructed by a US Special Education teacher on how to teach the students English using phonics. The instructor then traveled to each school for a follow-up visit.
Nov 2014 PLE Results: Of 17 taking the exam, all 17 received Division 2! This is after only 3.5 years that the school has been open!
2013/2014 - Constructed first permanent building with donations from CANS USA donors.
During the first term of 2015 there were 168 students of which 16 had lost at least one parent.
During 2015 CANS USA donors provided a new latrine for the teachers.
During the first term of 2016, there were 216 students
Nyakasanga Infant School (Kasese, Uganda)
The Nyakasanga Infant School, in Kasese western Uganda, was started by a devoted teacher who sees community development as one of her highest values. When she finished secondary school, Nakacwa Lamula did not know what her next step would be. Dr. Kigongo helped to finance her higher education at a teacher's college, but as she freely admits, it wasn't her first choice. Nevertheless, Mrs. Lamula grew to love being an educator as she realized she could help children who do not excel at first, yet have the potential to grow in a healthy school environment. When she opened her own school in 1998, Mrs. Lamula also discovered an abiding passion to lead her 100 pupils and three teachers. The Nyakasanga Infant School is now our largest school, with over 500 pupils in eight grades and 20 teachers. The location was chosen to address the issues of unsafe and difficult travel to the nearest public school, which is at a distance of about one hour and forty minutes by foot. One third of the boys and girls enrolled at Nyakasanga are orphans who live on campus, and construction of a new dormitory will begin soon. Donations were provided for a large water tank to catch roof runoff in the rainy season. When the students say the tank coming, they jumped for joy as they would not have to walk over a mile each way to bring water to the school in the large yellow containers. The school also shares that water with community members. Nyakasanga School was ranked 25th in the country for Primary 7 test results out of over a thousand schools.
Nov 2013 Uganda National Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) Results. 27 Students took the exam. 26 were rated in division 1 and one in division 2. We are thrilled to report that Nyakasanga was ranked 25th of all primary schools in the country out of about 6,000 school groupings taking the exam.
Nov 2014 PLE Results: Of 40 students taking the exam, 35 received Division 1 and 5 in division 2! Nyakasanga was ranked 131 in the country.
In 2014, Nyakasanga constructed a new pit latrine with donations from CANS USA donors.
Nov 2015 PLE Results: Of 37 students taking the exam, 31 received Division 1 and 6 in division 2!
There were 602 students in February 2015 of which 74 were boarders.
During the first term of 2016, there were 650 students, with 26 having one or no parents. 67 were boarders.
BEERI Day Care and Primary School (Mubende, Uganda)
Retired high school head master Rev. Canon Erieza Kabona Serunjogi Salongo and his wife Betty, who is also an education professional, decided to extend their love for children in their community by doing what they know best. Through their new school in Mubende, Uganda, they hope to allay the anxieties of parents who are currently unable to provide for their children while also keeping them safe. Some parents must bring their children to their workplace or leave early, decreasing productivity and affecting relationships at work. The Serunjogis firmly believe that the general community will benefit from greater peace of mind and a stronger workforce.
In order to implement their vision, the canon and his wife have been building the BEERI Day Care and Primary School. In 2012, they started building admin areas and classrooms and first-rate sanitary facilities. They were careful to include several "self-staining" attributes such as a kitchen and a good-sized conference room that can be rented out to the community. They are well entrenched in the ConnectAbaana Network where they share and learn about issues relating to young child care and education in general.
The school opened in February 2014.
In 2013/2014, Beeri School constructed several buildings. They completed the roof for their all-purpose hall with donations from CANS USA donors. In February 2015 there were 194 students of which 19 were boarders.
During the first term of 2016, there were 230 students.