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  Health Education is vital
to avoid very young mothers
 children are eager to learn  


the school

The children in the school right from the start at or before the age of 8 are taught in English.  Uganda has over 30 different dialects and languages and two official languages English and Swahili which is a regionally important language.  However the affairs of state and government are all conducted in English.  Local languages include Nkole spoken by the people of Mbarara and Fort Portal in the western part of the country.  In Toro District in the east they speak Tooro, but in the area between those towns one will find villages where most of the people speak a dialect.  In other parts of the country the languages include Luganda, Soga, Karamojong, Bari,  Alur, Acholi, Lango, Adhola, Kumam, Luo, Pokot,   Ik, and Soo,  Lugbara, Aringa, Ma'di and Ndo.  There are plenty more so the importance of all educated people speaking English can be seen as the way people from one end of the country can communicate with people at the other end.

Subects taught are very typically English with Geography, History, Arithmetic, Englsih, Music and of vital importance Health Education.  In a country which has a high level of HIV and where Malaria is the biggest killer teaching children how to live safely is vital.

Children are typically taught in classes of around 35 whereas in some other primary schools I have seen class sizes of more than 200.

Little wonder that many teaches in those schools use a stick to keep good order even though coporal punishment is officially banned.  At the Oustpan School which is run on Scouting principals of love and respect the stick is never used.