03 December 2013

ABANDONED CHILDREN - SEEKING ASSISTANCE


Did you know that all we ask our Primary Seven candidates to bring to school for a full week of meals is 3kgs of flour, 2 kilograms of beans, 5 tomatoes and half a kilogram of sugar. Would you be surprised if we told you that we have students at our school who cannot even afford to bring this every week? Yet this is too little compared to what other institutions ask. 

We have children at our school who are suffering from a wide variety of problems that they really should not have to deal with at their age. Some have been abandoned and others simply suffer from poverty. Our Children have a number of various problems they face in their homes, while on their way to school, they tend to suffer a lot and start thinking as hopeless people! 

Our organization is stretched to the limit looking after these children who are all dear to our hearts. We cannot turn them away – they simply have no-where else to turn. We have always tried to give out to some few: clothes, free meals, uniforms, although most times we get stuck, given our limited means! Some children lack where to stay & no one takes care, while others have been threatened with harm. 

We are appealing to everyone to please help us rescue and take care of these young children. They are in need of a place to stay and someone to pay their school fees among other things.  

Thank you for your kindness and charity.  

Yours faithfully;
 
THE TEACHING STAFF AND COMMUNITY
OF SPRINGS ALIVE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

 

30 July 2013

WE HAD A SPORTS DAY



We have been urged by the ministry of education and sports to incorporate sports in our curricula rather than emphasizing academics only. Indeed the Government is out to award scholarships and other benefits to pupils and students who excel in sports.
However insignificant Springs Alive Community School (SPACS) may appear, we have continually been called upon to participate in competitions with other schools. There have been put games structures in various locations so as to woo children into developing an interest in the field of sports.
Schools stage many sports days in which children participate in the sporting events. It is usually held in elementary schools, or primary which is the same as grades Kindergarten-8th Grade. Some schools use a house system, a feature of the school where the competition is between the houses; this is especially brought out during sporting events such as an inter-house sports day.
Parents, teachers and guardians are always called upon to be supportive to games and sports in schools, to participate as good examples.
There are schools that have abolished or altered sports days on the grounds that they are too competitive and may damage pupils' self-esteem - this often reflects the schools' attitude towards competitive sports or competitiveness in general.
There are also challenges of a lot of talent that is still neglected at the grassroots given the fact that many children don't attend school and even when they are in school, they are many times absent because of several reasons like work at home, looking for money among others.  
Unlike the usual schools’ sports days where children just compete in running, Springs Alive community school (SPACS) held its sports day and did many different things.
The sports day had several items on the programmes. Some of them were sack race,skipping race, tunnel race, bottle filling, three legged races were also run as well as parent and child races plus relays.
Other games that were played on the school sports day included straightforward sprints and longer races for all age groups as well as egg and spoon races, they also had traditional dressing, acrobat show, craft exhibition, scouts presentations and reading competition among others.
Dances performed by the school choir made the day more interesting.
Two houses (with as few as 50 students in each house) entertained the guests through their colors. These were Red for Noah’s ark, and Yellow for the Gideons.
These Houses have been named after famous biblical historicals notable for the things they did. In addition the names of the houses causes the pupils easily recall the activity surrounding these names in case a question is raised in an Examination.
There was no winner house as such,given that it was in form of an entertainment,however, excelling pupils earned themselves several gifts.
Parents were asked to be judges for some items like peeling competition, traditional dressing and reading competition.
Many parents had to dig deep in their pockets to show their gratitude to excelling pupils during the event.
We posted some pictures on our facebook page.Meanwhile we await your comments and reactions.


28 June 2013

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. Abdul Kalam

The main challenge facing Springs Alive Community School (SPACS) is dealing with a large number of children who do attend our school.We talk to parents and guardians of these children and we tell them to send their children, and that we will 'make a plan' to help them pay.

Because so many parents cannot afford the $10 minimum we ask for every child, we accept many children who cannot afford to pay. We do this to avoid having them abandoned at home, doing household chores, selling in the markets, digging in the gardens, etc.

SPACS is constantly burdened with finding the funds to cover these children who cannot afford to pay. Costs include basic essentials such as paying the teachers and feeding the children and teachers. It does not even include finding qualified teachers or catering for all the other school facilities.

We are working with the Local authorities to address this issue. SPACS currently caters to about 160 pupils. There remain about 200 children in the community that should be coming to SPACS.
• 60 of them are still at home for failure to have minimal school requirements.
• 30 of them are attending school but not paying anything.
• 6 of them are teacher’s children.
• 74 of them try to make their contributions but most times it’s lacking.

We ask that you help us address this issue by standing with SPACS in working towards having all our community children attend school. You can do this by helping us find the necessary contributions to cover the services we want to offer. We only need $40 per term for each child. This amount will allow us to have:
• Good teachers
• Lunch
• Exams
• Medical care and the like

We at Springs Alive, thank you for your kindness and for helping our children. We remain dedicated to serving the community.

22 October 2012

The Springs Alive Children's Center still in need of real support

The Springs Alive Children's Center (SPACC) is a small center that is dedicated to supplying the basic educational and nutritional needs of children from the local villages. People in this part of the world are mostly poor and daily life is about survival, more than anything else. The area has been peaceful for some years now, but the recovery from decades of war and unrest, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, is slow.

SPACC stands as a beacon of hope in the community. For many children and orphans, getting an education (and sometimes food) is their only hope of escaping the cycle of poverty.  The school is only seven years old and started with children learning in the shade of the trees. With contributions from various schools and individuals in Europe and the US, the school has managed to grow and build basic classrooms to house the more than 150 students who now attend.  

Teaching staff is the most important part of any school and SPACC has been blessed with teachers who have been prepared to work for below average salaries. The school is constantly challenged with money problems as it relies mostly on meager school fees from the parents, many of whom cannot afford to pay. Supplementing this income is not an easy task as the school does not even have electricity, computers, running water or proper ablutions.    

Recently, due to a drought, many parents who are subsistence farmers have been struggling and payments to SPACC have dwindled. The school ran out of funds and has been unable to pay the teachers what they are owed. Some of the teachers have chosen to go to court in an attempt to get their salaries.

SPACC remains dedicated to keeping the children in school and will do everything in its power to keep the school open and caring for the children. The challenge is to raise money to settle the teacher's salaries. The school is appealing to well-wishers, friends and charity organizations who are prepared to contribute towards the $4000 per term, that it costs to run the school.

30 July 2012

Springs Alive Community school is still operational amidst challenges

It's been seven years since Springs Alive Community School (SPACS) opened its doors and we have overcome many challenges and enjoyed many victories. We started in tree shade, then moved into papyrus thatched, partially walled class rooms, and finally through friends and well-wishers like Mr. Colin, Madam Sue Bishop, Dr. Nunley and many others, we now have 2 permanent classroom blocks. Most of our children come from very poor families which are unable to afford an education. We have however managed to expose them to foreign cultures and a lot of new things which take place in non- African countries. This was achieved by partnering with foreign schools and exchanging letters. Some of the things our pupils have learnt include;
•Putting on a happy face and smiling - regardless of their hardships.
•How to speak respectfully to others
•Types of plant that suit a foreign environment, we have exchanged plants and seedlings grown both here and abroad.
•Local politics, laws and children’s rights.
•And then of course the school curriculum.

Much of what SPACS has achieved today is as a result of having partner schools. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us with looking after the well-being and good education of our children and the school at large. We are especially grateful to the people who have helped us get through term two 2012 (May – July). We believe that God is working through them. Our recent challenge was a letter we received from the Kakiri Town Council – requested that we close the school due to the state of the school’s pit latrine (which was formerly meant for a home setting and now had become for a school of over 150 pupils) see picture of former pit latrine and the new pit latrine.
We pleaded with the council and were given two weeks to construct a new pit-latrine. There was no money available, but with the Lord's help, we found enough money to put up a new pit- latrine (though still incomplete) in the required time. We therefore did not need to close the school.

 During the same term, feeding our staff and students became very difficult as we had to use funds to build the new pit-latrine as well as repairing part of the classroom blocks. The drought that persisted for some months meant we could not grow food in our garden and many of our pupils braved being hungry at school. The drought also reduced the parents and guardian’s contributions toward the pupil’s school fees. We are proud to announce that we managed to keep all our eight teachers for the complete term. This is a great achievement as usually we would lose two or three teachers due to a lack of funds. We did however have to cancel the school house competitions. We managed to hold parent’s meetings twice, staff meetings took place weekly and management committee meetings were held twice. Thanks to everybody that has contributed to the success and wellbeing of our school. God bless us all.

21 May 2012

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If you've been following Kathie Nunley's newsletter for awhile, you know that they've adopted a small village school in Kakiri, Uganda. If you are not familiar, please watch our short video at: Nunley for Uganda she heard from the school director this week with an urgent plea. A storm has torn a large hole in the side of one of their 2 primitive buildings, making it unstable. In addition, they were unable to raise funds to make the required improvements to their pit latrine. The Kakiri Town Council is threatening to close the school. They have been given 2 weeks to make the repairs or close - leaving the village children without any school and most without at least one daily meal. They need $600 to make the minimum repairs. she's hoping at least 60 readers of her newsletter can find a way to collect $10 from their school / classes to donate to help Springs Alive school. Most of us know that just having a can to collect spare change can easily secure $10. We need it by the first part of next week. You can donate w/ your credit card at our bookshop: You will see an order button in the to!p row, right under the blue Help4Teacher banner Email me if you have any questions. THANK YOU

03 March 2012

High grades alone don’t mean success

There is excitement every time primary, and secondary examinations are released. For the few who score high grades, their photos are splashed on national dailies while majority who do not make it go unnoticed.

This is not surprising since tradition has always been to reward ‘winners’ and
punish ‘losers’.

But are high grades a predictor of success? Do bright students perform well in their jobs? Evidence shows otherwise.

In 1973, Prof. David C. McClelland of Harvard University in his paper, Testing for competence rather than intelligence, argued that competence (underlying characteristics of an individual such as empathy, self-discipline and initiative) is the major predictor of superior job performance and success in life, not traditional academic aptitude and knowledge (IQ).

His research found that people with a high IQ often performed poorly at work. Indeed in our day-to-day interactions, bright persons tend to be argumentative and inconsiderate — behaviours that jeopardise group existence.

Of recent, these attributes have been framed into what is conventionally known as Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and includes personal and social competencies individuals require to manage themselves and others’ emotions.

Unfortunately, these attributes are never taught in schools and universities. Instead, effort is put on acquiring knowledge — something that does not increase one’s ability of getting, retaining a job and performing excellently at work.

Many people after being through school don’t still know how to write a report, develop a project plan, or use a computer.

Thus you find that when they find themselves in a leadership position, they fail to build a strong team and in the end get fired!

Most time the blame is put on a flawed educational system. Other times there has been upgrades for instances to learn skills like report writing, but still devoid of what an employer calls competence.

Thus although IQ may be important, EQ is indispensable. As universities churn out more graduates, it is important they possess the attributes to fit and work in a team.

What one scores in school should not be an issue, rather how they use these grades to create opportunities and contribute to society.

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