Stephen Jota Children's Centre
The Stephen Jota Children's Centre is a primary school for both fee-paying children and children who come from very poor backgrounds, many of whom have lost one or both parents. Lunch is provided and accommodation if necessary at its Children's Hostel.
Orphaned children or those children whose families cannot afford education are sponsored to attend the Children's Centre. Sponsoring a child provides education, regular meals and healthcare in a secure and caring environment. Sponsorship costs 73p or just over one dollar a day (£22/US$36 a month).
Today, the Children's Centre has 3 classroom blocks, each containing 3 classrooms offering primary schooling for up to 500 children. A new nursery section has just been completed that accommodates 3 Nursery classes. There is a good administration block with a large hall used as a dining room, for extra-curricular activities and as an examination centre for schools in the area.
In Uganda the school year follows the calendar year. Children aged 3-6 receive 3 years nursery education. They are in school for 6 hours per day, 4 hours learning and 2 hours sleeping. At this age emphasis is put on continuous assessment rather than examination. Primary education lasts for 7 years. Before graduating to secondary school, the children must pass their primary leaving exams. The Stephen Jota children usually do extremely well and many gain grades 1-2.
Life in Uganda continues to be extremely hard for thousands of children and young people. Sponsoring a child will give one more child the opportunity of a lifetime.
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"If we don't show the children love they will never know in the whole world that there is anything called love. That's why I want to build the Children's Centre to show the love of God to the children in our country." Stephen Jota, Uganda.