Leeds students help transform Ugandan school

Leeds University students in Uganda
The University of Leeds students have helped transform four classroom blocks at Biiso Primary School. Photo: Facebook/Soft Power Education

A Ugandan based British charity have thanked this year’s crop of summer volunteers from the UK.

University of Leeds students Liam Read, Cait Downs, Grace Saunders, Beckie Mason, Abbie Westwood, Aadil Aslam, Corinne Elms, Amy Anderson, Danielle Rowen, Danny Mousley, Hannah Wooller and Aphishek Enchackal have been supporting Soft Power Education in the renovation of the building.

The students were volunteering under the banner of Leeds Rag, one of the biggest and oldest fundraising societies at the university who have been running since the 1920s. Since 2012, their members have raised over £1 million for charities in 18 countries worldwide.

The Leeds RAG team helped to completely transform four classroom blocks at Biiso Primary School in the Buliisa district into safe, creative and inspiring learning environments.

Leeds University students in Uganda
The University of Leeds students enjoy a well deserved break. Photo: Facebook/Soft Power Education

Also giving up their free time to support the charity was primary school teacher with an SEA background Becca May Gardner.

During her time in Uganda, Becca worked closely with SEN classes at Buwenda and Kyabirwa pre-schools and at the ASD clinic.

Soft Power Education Uganda teacher
Becca May Gardner with some of the students she worked with during summer. Photo: Facebook/Soft Power Education

Soft Power Education funds and runs two pre schools for 180 orphans and vulnerable children, often children of AIDS victims or sometimes just from desperately poor families. Buwenda Pre School and Kyabirwa Pre School offer children a chance to be children for a few hours each day, learning the basics of being in a learning environment, social skills and basic English, but of course, the key focus of our pre-schools is that the children learn through having fun!