School Conservation Projects
One of the biggest indicators of our success has been the conservation projects schools undertake on their own accord. These schools, and the teachers who support the projects, have shown us time and again that they do want a better future for Ugandans.
At Bunoga Primary School there is a problem with rubbish being disposed of improperly so they developed and implemented a proper waste management campaign in their community.
At Bigodi Primary School the teachers became concerned about the world wide decline in the bee population so they began their own apiary. It started with two hives and is now up to 11 and they are harvesting honey and using the income to purchase school supplies. At least ten of their students have implemented beekeeping projects at home to help pay for their school uniforms, notebooks, pens and other costs associated with school.
Kiyoima Primary School has a huge problem with crop raiding so they have used coffee and tea plants as a live border to keep baboons and other monkeys out of their school gardens.
All but two of UNITE’s schools celebrated World Environment Day in 2012 with some kind of conservation activity. Every UNITE school has at least one keyhole gardens, gardens designed to maximize water, soil and space while providing nutritious foods.
Student Exam Scores
At the end of each year Primary Seven students are required to take the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) which determine if they will go on to attend Secondary school. Since beginning to work with schools full time UNITE schools have seen a 65% increase in students passing their exams which means these students are more likely to receive scholarships in Secondary school. This is encouraging for these students and their communities as the better educated the students are the better choices they can make regarding their futures and the environment.
UNITE teacher trainings are entirely voluntary--UNITE teachers give up one weekend each school term to attend the trainings. Since 2009, UNITE has seen an increase in teacher attendance at school and volunteering their time for conservation work.