Kojja Senior Secondary School Seeks Government Guidance on Student-Led Enterprises

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Mr. Isaac Kirenzi, the head teacher of Kojja Senior Secondary School in Mukono District, voiced the school’s need for guidelines on managing enterprises that emerged as part of the assessment process for national examinations under the new curriculum, in a recent address to members of the Rotary Club of Kampala Maisha.

The school, recognizing the potential of various ventures such as chicken and rabbit rearing, jewelry, art, and crafts works, is advocating for a policy to govern these initiatives. Mr. Kirenzi shared his thoughts during the Rotary Club gathering, highlighting the diverse products resulting from student assessments in competences and skills.

Under the thematic curriculum, students are required to design and implement projects, constituting 20 percent of the final mark. Kojja SSS took a unique approach by engaging students in poultry and rabbit rearing since 2021. The initiative began with 100 chickens, increased to 250 the following year, and now boasts a substantial 700 chickens, slated for sale during the upcoming Christmas season.

The school is contemplating providing students with a pair of rabbits as start-up capital for projects at home during vacations, reflecting the evolving nature of education under the new curriculum.

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Since 2021, Kojja SSS students have not only raised chickens and rabbits but have also produced jewelry, art, and crafts pieces. The school envisions establishing a craft shop outside its gates to sell these items, showcasing the practical outcomes of the new educational approach.

In a related development, members of the Rotary Club of Kampala Maisha and the Rotary Club of Frankfurt Stadel visited Kojja SSS and five other primary schools within Ntenjeru Sub-county in Mukono. The visit aimed to evaluate the impact of a $220,000 grant allocated for economic empowerment and improvements in water hygiene and sanitation in schools. The grant, received by women-led community groups, has played a significant role in enhancing facilities and addressing water and sanitation challenges.

Mr. Kirenzi highlighted the positive impact of the Rotary Club of Maisha’s intervention, citing a notable improvement in the retention rates of female students. Modern toilet facilities, constructed by the club in 2021, have contributed to the return of girls who previously faced challenges due to the lack of clean water and sanitation facilities.

When asked about the fate of products generated by students during national examinations, Ms. Jenniffer Kalule, the Uneb spokesperson, emphasized the importance of making income-generating projects sustainable. Kojja SSS is emblematic of this approach, with its diverse projects now becoming potential sources of income for the school.

Robert Odedo, the project focal person, revealed that the Ntenjeru Women’s Empowerment Project, initiated in 2020 in collaboration with eight Rotary Clubs in Germany, is set to conclude in 2024. The project has encompassed basic education, water and sanitation improvements in six schools, and economic empowerment initiatives benefiting 400 women with financial literacy and vocational skills.

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