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has desperately poor Ugandan children ready to leave primary school,
eager and able to learn, but without the necessary financial support
to proceed to secondary education.
£40 per month
for four years will provide boarding education for a pupil to
O Level at the outstanding Vision High School, with an option
to extend and sponsor your pupil through further education or
training. If you could pay £20 per month you could share
the cost of sponsorship with another donor.
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buildings at Kisoro Vision School
The main aim
of ACE is to assist rural primary schools in southwest Uganda.
we have come across another need which we are trying to address.
When the pupils
leave the primary schools they are often unable to proceed to
secondary education because of their family circumstances. Many
of them are orphans or come from very poor families. There are
a small number of these pupils who are very gifted and could potentially
go on to be the doctors and teachers of the next generation.
So ACE started
a sponsorship scheme to assist these children in secondary education.
We started with six students being sponsored by ACE supporters
in schools in Kisoro and Kabale. Some were day-pupils and some
It soon became
obvious that the boarders were doing much better. The day-pupils
had to walk such long distances each day, and carry out household
tasks when they got home. This made it impossible to keep up with
their homework. So the trustees decided that all our sponsored
pupils should board at school.
The cost of
this is currently £40 per pupil per month. This pays for them
to be at a boarding school due to the remoteness of their homes.
We are asking
you to help us by sponsoring a child. If £40 per month is too
much, we invite you to donate £20, £15 or £10 per month
and share the sponsorship with another supporter.
students begin secondary education at the end of January each
year, and it is at that time that sponsors are allocated to students.
However we welcome new sponsors at any time of year. We have to
build up funds in the ACE Sponsorship bank account because a student's
expenses are not spread evenly through the year. When new students
initially join the school they each require equipment costing
about £150 (see below) plus the cost of their transport to Kisoro.
If you opt to become a sponsor, your monthly contributions will
go into the ringfenced sponsorship account to help with these
initial costs and you will be allocated a student next January.
We ask the
headteachers to identify qualifying potential students in August/September,
after they take their mock primary school leaving examinations.
This may enable us to give sponsors the name of a student earlier,
but it cannot be confirmed until we get the exam results in mid-January
You can obtain
a sponsor form by clicking here.
Instructions are on the form.
have also been able to assess the different schools. We decided
that the best school in Kisoro for our pupils is Kisoro Vision
Secondary School so in 2009 we moved our sponsored pupils
who were at other schools to this school. Although the school
buildings at Kisoro Vision are not as good as some other schools,
the academic standard is the highest in the area. ACE representatives
who have visited the school said that the pupils are very
happy there and particularly commented that there is no bullying
at the school.
2010 we received the primary school examination results which
told us which of the pupils at the ACE schools achieved Grade
1 or a high Grade 2, making them eligible for secondary school
We also liased
with David Epidu, ACE's Ugandan representative, and William Balibutsa,
the local school inspector. They helped us to decide which of
the high-scoring pupils had the greatest need and would benefit
most from support from our sponsors.
24th January the ACE trustees, together with Sponsorship Coordinator,
Janet Pye, met and discussed the allocation of sponsorship. It
was decided to offer ACE sponsorship to 10 pupils. At the time
we had 8 sponsors waiting to be allocated a child. We initially
supported the other two, using a grant of £500 which we
received from the Cumber Family Charitable Trust. Subsequently
new sponsors came forward for them.
The 10 pupils
chosen for sponsorship came from a good spread of ACE schools.
There were 3 from Bukazi, 2
from Rurembwe, 2 from Nyarusunzu,
and 1 each from Rukongi, Mukibugu
and Kabami. Unfortunately, they
were not so evenly distributed between the sexes - there were
8 boys and 2 girls.
had about a week to get all the shopping required for our students
to begin at the school when term commenced in the last week of
January. You may be interested to see what a student requires.
If so click here.
You can use the currency converter on the latest
news page to work out how much things cost in British pounds.
met up with the new intake of students joining the ACE Sponsorship
Scheme and did their shopping with them. He sent us these pictures
Here are 16
of ACE sponsored students at Kisoro Vision School in their new uniforms.
Whilst the ACE
party was in Uganda in February 2010 they enrolled another student
into the scheme, so we were then supporting 18 students.
The latest addition
is Rosemary who was educated at Bukazi
Primary School and got a Grade 1 in her leaving examinations.
Without the scheme her education would have been finished.
We have sent
information packs for each student to their sponsors. It contained
a brief resumé and photographs and a letter from the student.
If you would
like to sponsor a pupil please get in touch as soon as possible.
Also, please send this information on to anyone else who you think
of the ACE Sponsored Students were taken in September 2010.
the O Level students.
are the A Level Students.
to R: Ester, Juliet and Denis
New Students in
we obtained enough offers of sponsorship to be able to enrol
a further nine students into the scheme in January 2011.
the new students, pictured just after they had received their
enrolment packs from David Epidu.
group consisted of four boys and five girls, the first year
in which we have accepted more girls than boys.
sponsors are now supporting 29 students through their secondary
2011 we had seven offers of new student sponsorship. The exam
results were good so we had several other qualifying potential
students who missed out.
are the lucky seven.
arrival in Kisoro, they were met by David Epidu and helped with
their shopping by senior ACE students, Juliet and Ester.
were transported to the school.
here they are, kitted out in their new uniforms.
the other ACE-sponsored students for a picture. Here are the whole
Buildings at Kisoro Vision School
Pye visited Kisoro Vision School in May 2013 and took these pictures.
The four storey
block which has been under construction for quite a while is almost
is all classrooms except for a small part of the ground floor
which is offices.
new laboratory block is now being built.
When David Epidu
visited in May 2014 the new classroom block had been completed and
was looking very smart.
on this picture is incorrect - it should be 2014)
Intake at Vision
we have enough sponsors to admit another seven students. They
all achieved a high Grade 1 in the Primary Leaving Examinations
and come from impoverished families.
are seen on arrival.
Epidu oversaw the shopping trip and arranged transport.
well as uniforms, the new students require lots of other things,
their uniforms, the new students (front row) met up with some
of the other ACE-sponsored students.
We were very
disappointed that this year's intake did not include any girls.
We are very keen to support female education, but there were no
girls leaving our supported primary schools in 2013 with the high
Grade 1 exam results required to join the scheme.