The Magooli Children's Education Center - Namayingo (MCEC) has been an ongoing project of CCCU’s since March of 2018. This ongoing labor of love could not have been possible without the help of our donors, workers, educators, and of course the children. CCCU believes that with education as a foundation, children can have endless opportunities.
MCEC is the only non-profit school in the entire Namayingo District and it supports 160 orphans and destitute children across five different class levels (Baby, Middle, Top, Primary one and Primary two).
There are five teachers, one headmaster, a nurse and a cook on the campus that are in charge of the day to day activities at MCEC. The nursery school is made up of three classes: the baby class has 30 children, the middle has 46 children , and the top class has 33 children. The primary school has two classes. Primary one has 31 children and primary two has 20 children. Of the 160 children in attendance, 120 of them are supported financially by CCCU . The remaining 40 children are attending the school at their parents expense to get a quality education in the local village.
The teachers use syllabus and curriculum designed by the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) of Uganda. Subjects taught are: Numbers, Health Habit, Language Development 1, Language Development 2, and Social Development.
Teachers apply several methods of teaching in their daily lessons. Some of the methods they use are, guided discovery, discussions, and continuous assessment. The current lack of a computer has proved to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to giving daily assignments to the children.
Classrooms are teacher-oriented and the teaching style is exclusively frontal. This means that the students sit at their desk in a passive, but receptive mode focusing on the teacher at the front of the classroom who is actively involved in teaching.
The children have an eight hour school day Monday - Friday with additional time on Saturday for bible lessons.
Uganda has had schools closed since March of 2020. During this time the Magooli Children's Education Center Namayingo (MCEC) has not been able to hold classes. A few months into the pandemic after restrictions eased a little bit, the school allowed teacher to travel around to individual homes and teach the children in their own homes. The school was fortunate enough to secure a printer, allowing assignments and learning materials to be printed for the students who may not have books.
Upon the reopening of the Magooli Children's Education Center Namayingo, the school will need to buy materials to keep everyone safe while the pandemic is still happening. These materials will cost roughly $570 and will be things such as: temperature gun, soap, hand sanitizers, face shields, face masks, and hand washing facilities.
As eager as we are to open up our school, we will not do it unless we are fully prepared to handle a school during a pandemic. If you would like to help us, please click the button & donate below! These unforeseen circumstances have made everyone adjust in some way and we are thankful for any contribution you are able to make.
MCEC has been providing quality education to children since February of 2019. The amount of growth we have seen in not only the children and community, but in CCCU as an organization has been wonderful. As we grow we hope to continue to bring the best opportunities to the Magooli community. With that being said, MCEC is only a fraction of the way done! The original plans for MCEC include eight classrooms, a library, staff room & offices, a cafeteria and a courtyard-like activity area. MCEC is a long term project that we hope will provide education to the community for years and years to come.