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Uganda: Teacher Profile: Simon Mukambwe

Simon Mukamabwe is one of Mackay Memorial College senior and prominent teachers. He has worked in the school for eight years and his passion for cultural and student success has been evident from the very beginning. It was because of his passion and ability to engage the students that he was made Business Manager of the school business - Mackay Troupe.

Uganda: Teachers embrace workshop on business implementation

On Saturday 23rd November, 28 teachers from 22 different schools across Uganda gathered to take part in a School Enterprise Challenge workshop in Kampala. The workshop, titled ‘How to implement your Business Plan with the School Enterprise Challenge’ was designed to support schools taking part in the competition to launch and develop their school businesses.

Uganda: School Business takes advantage of Marketing Opportunity

Last month “Mackay Troupe”, the school’s entertainment business, were hand-selected by the chair-lady of KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority) to perform at the annual Kampala City Carnival that took place on the 6th october. The Business Manager Simon, along with Marketing Officer, Janie, were extreemly exited as this was not only a great platform to showcase the talent , but a brillian opportunity to promote the school business!

Uganda: Meet Mackay's Students: Richard Ssentongo

Richard Ssentongo is one of Mackay Memorial College’s prominent students who has been able to apply business skills learnt from school and home into running a successful business selling personalised bangles; Hope Foundation. He is a bright student who will play a prominent role in the school’s Poultry & Egg Business which will help him develop his  business skills. Teach A Man To Fish interviewed Richard to discover more about his innovative business.

Uganda: Schools embrace the School Enterprise Challenge!

Our Uganda Field Officer Jenny has been travelling across the country running workshops for Schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge

We have had over 100 teachers from Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools from districts as varied as Kabale, close the Rwanda boarder and Kitgum, close to South Sudan, attend the workshops. This has resulted in 117 schools in Uganda regsitering to take part in the competition!

Uganda : Business Planning in Kampala!

After sending representatives to our Uganda workshop series and the Education That Pays for Itself conference in Njombe Tanzania in 2012, Mackay Memorial College entered into a partnership with Teach A Man To Fish to plan and launch two new businesses.

The large  secondary school in Nateete, a suburb of Uganda’s capital Kampala, has over 1200 students aged 11-20, and is part of the government USE (universal secondary education) programme, which means that the students pay very low fees, however it also results in the school receiving very little funding.

Uganda Case Study: Ssebuguzi John Robert

Ssebuguzi John Robert has attended St Denis since S1, and was previously a day scholar walking an hour and a half from his village, Misenyi, to school every day. Now in S4, he began boarding at the start of the school year as he was missing evening study sessions. Robert is not sponsored, and if he can find the money he would like to go on to S5 at a school in Masaka.

Uganda: A New Business Manager

Term 2 began with the appointment of a new Deputy HM – an exciting development for the St Denis businesses as the role includes that of overall Business Manager. Entrepreneurship teacher, Ssemambo Henry, accepted the position and has proven eager to get involved in the businesses and develop them.

Case Study: Laurence Kagolo

Laurence Kagolo was employed soon after the St Denis Posho Mill began operation. Previously he had been a student as St Denis until 2006, when it had no library and no science equipment. He completed S3 there, before moving to San Joy SS to complete S4. His favourite subjects at school were commerce, maths and science. His worst subject was fine art. Unusually for a young Ugandan lad, he doesn’t like football!  He loves God and has an ambition to be a priest.

Uganda: New Recruits

My first few weeks at St. Denis have gone well and it is wonderful to see the posho mill up and running and thriving. Talented St Denis student Ndalike, in S4, was recruited to produce a sign for the business and it looks fantastic:

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