20th November 2017
Meet Daniel, he’s 14 and lives in rural Uganda with his mother, father and three sisters. He’s a pupil at St Aloysius primary school and is supported by Lessons for Life via our partner Nurture Africa.
This week we’re featuring a day in the life of Daniel. Follow us throughout the week to find out what a typical school day is like for a child in rural Uganda.
Daniel wakes up around 7am and has to do some chores. His first job is to collect water. The mud hut he lives in with his parents and sister has no running water or electricity, so before going to school he does a mile round trip to the nearest water pump to fill up the family’s jerry cans.
After he’s collected the water and had his breakfast Daniel walks another two miles to get to school. On the way, he meets up with some friends.
Daniel arrives at school around 8am but before any lessons begin, he and his classmates must help dust and clean the classrooms, attend assembly and have their uniforms checked. By doing so, the children develop some organisation skills, look smart and are ready for the school day.
While primary school in Uganda is in theory free, children still need items like a uniform, a cup for lunch, exercise books, pens and pencils to attend school. For many families these little extras simply cost too much and as a result the children cannot attend school. This can mean that children miss terms or years of schooling. At the same time, to move from primary to secondary students must also pass national exams at the end of primary. If they do not pass their exams, they may need to repeat the year. As a result, children can often be a lot older than expected in primary school. The typical age range is 5–12 however it is not uncommon for older children like Daniel to still be in primary school.
With your valuable support, Lessons for Life can cover the cost of fees, uniforms, books, stationery and hygiene kits, providing the essentials that really make the difference between children like Daniel staying in school or dropping out.
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Meet Daniel, he’s 14 and lives in rural Uganda. This week we’re featuring a day in the life of Daniel. Follow us throughout the week to find out what a typical school day is like for a child in rural Uganda…