Maybe the one school in Mbarara that has a website. This is a pretty nice school, all things considered: they have boarding for the kids, they dress well, they have beans and matoke and rice for meals, they bring writing utensils to class, they have some organized sports, a library, and a school bus. Apparently Musevini and the Rwandan president graduated from the school – so they take lessons seriously.
The biggest difference I’ve noticed is in the students. They understand that life is no silver spoon, and although they are at a nice school, there is very little sense of entitlement or “let’s have fun, this doesn’t matter.” Every student I’ve encountered so far is diligent in their work and are eager to participate. It’s amazing. It’s almost how I’d imagine the perfectly behaved class to be. No cheeky pupils, no muppets, no too cool for school. I think it’s because they understand exactly what education can do for them. Knowledge is power, and if you’re screwing around, you don’t get knowledge.
Housing is free at the school, but it was a completely empty apartment with broken windows, busted locks, only cold water, and dust everywhere. They are fixing it for me and I’m buying all furniture etc, but it does come with a great view.
All to say, I’m excited to teach at a school that makes me feel I’m back in time in the 50s. I always imagine the 50s as a time where all children knew how to behave. Also the 50s because there are no computers, tvs, a.c., online homework portals, texting. All it is is paper, books and chalkboard. But the true reason for anyone who teaches is in the kids anyways.