Nabukenya Primary School

Bishop Dunstan Bukenya and Ann Potts (Nabukenya)

In 2005 at the request of the former Bishop of Mityana, Dunstan Bukenya, Mityana Charity became involved in building a school at Lwankuba. The driving force in this project was Ann Potts, and the school was named after her Ugandan name, and became Nabukenya Primary School. Ann successfully secured the support of Mark Boobbyer and Linda Raabe-Marjot, then Housemaster and Housemistress of Blucher and Orange Houses at Wellington College. With the support of the parents and students of Blucher and Orange Houses, and donations from many other generous well wishers, Nabukenya Primary School is now well established.

Although ,the classes started under a mango tree and in a small church building, the school has grown rapidly and now consists of three classrooms blocks, a multipurpose hall and chapel and two blocks of teachers’ accommodation. Water is collected via guttering and tanks and can also be pumped from a bore hole; the administration block and some classrooms benefit from solar power. The school now has 300 pupils and 9 teachers and is making good progress academically.

The main challenges for the Charity are:

  1. Paying the teachers' salaries - a good way to help with this is through the sponsorship of a teacher which costs approx £100 per month
  2. Providing teaching resources and administering the school - this costs approx £800 per term
  3. Maintaining the site, buildings and equipment - this costs approx £200 per term
  4. Providing the final phase of buildings - We are currently applying for significant funding for the building of a nursery classroom, dormitories for final year pupils and a kitchen and store.

The children performing their Royal dance

The staff at Nabukenya Primary School are a hardworking and dedicated team who are trying to develop modern teaching methods under difficult circumstances. They mainly live on site in this rural area and have no means of transport to Mityana Town which is a 45 minute drive away. The school is friendly place to visit and welcomes guests into the classrooms to participate in lessons and learn more about the Ugandan way of life.