Secondary Education

At secondary school the children take GCSE equivalent exams after four years and A levels after six. Most of the sponsored children attend Mityana Secondary School (MSS) which is a well-established school built on large campus site more than 100 years ago. A few, who live too far away to walk to MSS, attend other schools. MSS is reasonably well equipped with a library and science laboratories and academic children can succeed well and progress on to college and university. The school is partly funded by the government who pay the teachers' wages and run by a Parent Teachers Association.

Mityana Secondary School

The education for less academic children is more of a problem as like all such schools much of it is just talk and chalk combined with rote learning from the children's own notes copied down from the blackboard. If children consistently fail to make progress over several years at secondary school we usually suggest that they leave to do a vocational course at a specialist college or as an apprentice.

A level Students in the grounds of Mityana Secondary School

What your money is spent on.

In the academic year of 2013 the cost of sponsoring a secondary student is 250. This money will provide them with a year's school fees, a pair of shoes, shoe polish, a school uniform including sportswear pens, pencils, paper, exercise books, maths equipment, a school bag, a broom, soap, toilet paper. The schools insist on the children bringing all these things to school. The school fees pay for a lunch for the student and for a mug of dilute maize porridge at break time in the morning, often the first food or drink they have had since the previous evening.

How to pay

It's probably easiest for many people to pay by Standing Order monthly or yearly [starting in November].

For those who wish to pay by cheque , please make cheques out to Mityana Charity and post them to The Treasurer, Mityana Charity, 57 Trevelyan, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8YD. If you pay tax we ask that you also fill in a Gift Aid form and post it to the Treasurer. This will provide us with the funding to help pay for our overhead costs in Mityana.

An afterword on Boarding

A few of our secondary children board at school. They are children who live far away or with a frail grandmother or have big problems at home. We are very grateful to their generous sponsors who pay 450 or more for them. It's probably easiest for many people to pay by Standing Order monthly or yearly [starting in November].