Feilden Foundation Trustee Mike Kironde (former client of ours and head of a group of schools in Kampala) talked at our trustees meeting about the problems of reopening schools during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Schools in Uganda, expected to open in September after a seven-month lockdown, were ordered to ensure Covid-19 safety measures were in place and standard operating procedures (SOPs) followed before reopening. These requirements include handwashing facilities, isolation rooms, availability of face masks and disinfectants. Many of the schools not able to reach these safety measures, and therefore not allowed to reopen, would result in numerous children unable to carry on their education for the foreseeable future.
One of the requirements given by the ministry of health to guide schools so they can reopen was for each school to have a well calibrated working temperature gun provided at each entrance, something too costly for the majority of schools to afford. The Feilden Foundation, keen to support the schools in the current crisis, sent 100 temperature guns to Uganda allowing 100 schools to re-open with the correct Covid-19 safety measures in place.
The ministry of Education of Uganda was so grateful to learn about the news of the donation through the Feilden Foundation, that they have pledged continued support to the same schools.
The government has allowed schools which have fulfilled the safety requirements to resume finalist and candidate classes for now, with no date announced yet for the return of other students.
Top image: Mike Kironde receiving the temperature guns from the Association administration Secretary while Director Strategy is taking record of the donation
Image grid left to right: Jericho Primary School Wakiso District, Wobulenzi Parents School Luweero District, Amazing Grace High School Luweero District, Naluvule College School, Mirembe Primary School Lwengo District, Texas Junior School Luweero District, Christian Assembly School Luweero District, Marengon Primary School Nakaseke, Yellow Max Junior School Luweero District, Blessed Future Nursery and Primary School Wobulenzi Luweero District