Ugandan Schools
with TEAA Support

MacKay College
Tororo Girl's High
St. Bernard's, Kiswera
St. Joseph's, Centenary
Nkumba University

2008 marked our first visit to St. Joseph's Centenary, ranked first among five schools an African friend had evaluated for us.

2005-06: TEAA-ers recommended a couple of schools they knew had excellent headmistresses. Tororo Girls' High is a large all-girls school 120 miles east of Kampala. St. Bernard's, Kiswera, 80 miles southwest of Kampala, has bent over backward to keep needy students in school. We've visited each twice.

2003: Our first and longest relationship has been with MacKay College. Several TEAA-ers visited this school as part of a twelve-day itinerant conference, spanning Kampala, Nairobi, Arusha and schools along the way. Many visits have ensued.

TEAA has also developed a special relationship with a Ugandan university, growing out of our respect for and longtime friendship with its renowned leader, Dr. Senteza Kajubi.

This page updated, September, 2008.


MacKay College is a high school that includes the 5th and 6th years. Despite its location in the capital city of Kampala, it is not very well-funded. We have been particularly impressed by the quality of the leadership and have worked closely with the headmistress to determine the most pressing needs.

Our assistance has been in the form of computers, books and scholarships. In addition, several of us have been involved in establishing a substantial personal relationship with the school. We have attended special occasions, consulted with teachers and administrators, met with students and taught sample classes. We have conducted site visits and reported in writing on our observations, with both praise and recommendations. We have been guests and have become friends, receiving hospitality not only at the school but in homes as well.

MacKay College's own website

Outstanding Leadership:   MacKay is located in the Nateete district of Kampala. TEAA members visited in 2003 and were highly impressed by the leadership of Gertrude Ssekabira. Since then we have supported this school with scholarships, computers and books. During a 2007 visit, Gertrude generously credited us with supplying various rabbits that she has pulled out of her hat over the last few years, to the surprise of students, parents, faculty and the community.
National Quiz Champions:    With well-justified pride, Deputy Principal Anne Karemire displays the victory shield for the 2004 Uganda Manufacturers Association Quiz competition. Winning competitors Ronald Kajubi and Maxwell Siabo, sixth-year students at MacKay, were selected by Mr. Manana, the economics teacher. This victory is a major accomplishment against the many larger, well-established schools that participate.

The computer room was only a plan when we first visited MacKay. One year later the room was a reality and we bought them three computers which doubled their operational inventory. In late 2005, one of us provided ten top-of-the-line 3-year-old machines. The photo below is from May 2006.

Regional Arts Winners: MacKay finished first in all categories in the 2005 Buganda Region competitions in the arts. Later that year, dancers, drummers and singers displayed their talents for TEAA visitors.

Fundraiser: The long-term efforts and generosity of top fundraiser Arlone Child have provided major financial assistance, throughout four years at MacKay, to 34 students, carefully selected for both high scholastic performance and financial need. Support for many of them has now continued to advanced-level studies. Here's Arlone in 2003 with Syomiti Maingi, the wife of the Childs' 60s houseman.

Gathering at the Cave ... where Scottish missionary Alexander MacKay (1849-90) hung out during his earliest days here. Shown are Principal Gertrude Ssekabira, TEAA-ers Fawn Cousens and Henry Hamburger and two teachers. Fawn has lived in East Africa since 1962 and is our Uganda representative.

Tororo Girls High

New in 2007: Highly recommended principal Ida Kagoya Tarinyeba and her faculty welcomed two TEAA visitors for a successful visit to this large school 120 miles east of Kampala on the main road from to Kenya. For anyone who wants to do something for young women's education in East Africa, Tororo Girls High, with its 1,400 students including A-level, is surely a top candidate. TEAA has begun what we expect to be a successful collaboration.

Our initial assistance is for new A-level science textbooks, aimed at reducing to three the number of students sharing each book. Ironic in this context are hundreds of books that sit unused in the TGH library, which regrettably bear publication dates from the 1960s, when they were part of strong initial US support of this school. Political winds shifted over the decades in both our country and theirs.

Below we salute two of Uganda's leading vehicle types with respect to passenger miles: the bus and the bicycle. Also featured are a venerable tree accompanying the bus and - in the background of the bike photo - the area's signature geological formation, Tororo Rock.

St. Bernard's, Kiswera

Family affair: Founded over 50 years ago by Bernard Kakinda and named for his patron saint, St. Bernard's is a private school dedicated to serving needy children in its area despite receiving no government support.

The work of the school and an orphanage are carried forward by his adult children, including Olive Kakinda (photo), a retired nurse who worked for many years in Saudi Arabia, where she met TEAA-er Malcolm Maries who brought the school to our attention. TEAA has recently supplied the school with some science equipment. They are near Masaka on the northwest shores of Lake Victoria.

Before and after: Two school buildings, one refurbished with assistance from the ex-pat community in Saudi Arabia.

St. Joseph's, Centenary
Student reporters have their work posted outdoors for all to see - at least all who are tall, and as long as not too many are interested at the same time.

105 first-year students filled a large, bright room on one of the upper floors of a four storey building in Ndeeba, a close-in suburb of Kampala. This is not stadium seating, so visibility is pretty bad for a majority of the students.

Innovation in science is the use of cookers in place of Bunsen burners, since there is no gas line into the lab, which actually is an ordinary classroom.

Nkumba University

Nkumba head Senteza Kajubi played a key role in our formative 2003 conference in Kampala, and has become a friend and advisor to us. Several members have visited the university, including Betty Castor and Sam Bell in December 2005. Before that Sam had obtained 30 computers from his law firm and shipped them at his expense to Nkumba. They arrived in February and ten of them are for MacKay.
In the photo at the left are Dr. Kajubi (second from the right), Betty, Sam, and several administrators and faculty of the university. Betty not only taught in Uganda as part of TEA; she played a significant founding role in United States educational assistance to the newly independent Uganda and has had a distinguished career in education and politics. Click here for more information.

At right, construction proceeds as the campus expands.

Below: As former members of the Florida Legislature, Sam and Betty were delighted to encounter Nkumba's "Florida Parliament Tree." Sam has expressed a hope that sounder decisions are made under this tree than some in Tallahassee.