20 December 2009

THE BRITISH COUNCIL FACILITATES SEMINAR TO EQUIP GLOBAL SCHOOLS PARTNERING


7th and 8th December 2009 saw some Head teachers and teachers, headed to Namirembe Guest House Conference facilities for a seminar that is yet to rejuvenate our much longed schools partnerships mainly those in the U.K and Uganda.It is true that after such orientation, schools in Uganda will be able to take on their partners in U.K in the right direction given that there are several strategies the facilitators of this workshop brought to the attention of the participants.Among the issues talked about that need to be approached with a global mindset included;1.Controversies encountered during partnerships.2.Joint curricula ideas.3.Equity based relationships.4.Sustainable partnerships.5.The need for the Head teachers from both Uganda and U.K to meet and support the school collaboration.Clips of video presentations of such kind of Head teachers interventions were shown to the participants. The type of projects both schools should take on and their involvement without any being left out were also discussed; much of this will be taken to our discussion forums i.e. http://www.classroom20.com/profile/MARTINSEBULIBA

Many thanks go to the British Council facilitators, DFID Global schools partnerships, the materials they gave out during the seminar, the teachers who offered ideas and suggestions plus the certificates they awarded the participants at the end of the seminar as in the picture.British Council promised more workshops and close support on building effective partnerships. Further reference is also obtainable on the website i.e.; http://www.britishcouncil.org/globalschools

01 November 2009

INSIST ON A WRITTEN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING(MOU) BEFORE GETTING DEEP INTO A COLLABORATION:

Ask your partner to state specifics of areas of collaboration and have an MOU signed!
When Dan graduated as a teacher he was fortunate to get a teaching job in a private school soon after. The terms of the job were verbal. He was simply told to immediately start work. Three months down the road, he had not received any salary. He chose to leave the job without any pay since he had no written agreement with his employer. Like Dan, many people all over the world get into cooperation without any written terms.Usually; there are many reasons why people end up working under such conditions. These include the nature of who you are to relate with, expectations from the collaboration, high need for the cooperation, high levels of un-employment to mention but a few.However, even where there is no written understanding, parties therein should reach a consensus. A written MOU can be replaced by a company or business handbook which lists the terms and conditions of the collaboration let alone the specifics of areas of cooperation. In the absence of such an MOU, you should refer to the company handbook. If such written MOU is not there, parties therein will have to rely on a verbal agreement. Verbal agreements are difficult to verify especially in cases where there is a clash between the parties. For instance, if one party wants to get rid of the cooperation, you may recall that when it was started, the notice period would be two weeks. On the other hand, the other party seems to remember that the notice was one month. Who is right? Unless there is a witness who was a party to the conversation to verify your allegations, you would have to negotiate for a compromise. Unfortunately, this is the scenario that many people let alone co operations with only verbal understandings find themselves in. Verbal contracts do not reflect professionalism on either side of the parties in cooperation. If there are no agreed upon principles, it is your word against his. Indeed there should be respect between both parties in form of a written agreement. An agreement does not have to be 10 or more pages; it can be as small as one page and still serve the purpose.Because you have nothing in writing, you will have to hope that the other party is an honest one, has a good memory and remembers that you are owed a week’s holiday and maybe a generous commission. In many cases if there is only a verbal agreement, but the cooperation has been functional for over two months, one party can insist on a written record of the most important terms of the collaboration. This will ensure that there are agreed regulations and procedures one party has to follow in the event that they decide to Quit. Such Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can be in form of a traditional written agreement that is signed and agreed upon by both parties. More frequently, such MOU’s are “implied”— from verbal statements or actions taken by either parties, through company memoranda or the parties handbooks, or via policies that are adopted during such making of MOU.Most co operations offer written agreements and handbooks stating all the terms and conditions of each other’s work. If one says they will do something for another and in return they agree, then the parties therein have made an agreement. If one agrees to work for someone and that person agrees, then you and that person have a contract of employment. The type of work that you do, hours of work, wages and other allowances can all be part of your agreement. These are called conditions of employment. They are express terms of the agreement. Even if either party did not talk about some conditions of the collaboration, for example, when the collaboration will be having a holiday and it is the custom that all toil takes some sort of holiday. These are implied terms of any agreement. The law says an agreement does not have to be in writing. If two people speak and they agree about something, then that is called a verbal agreement. A verbal agreement is also legal. However, legal experts advise that a written agreement is better, if all its conditions are written on a piece of paper, and each party signs the paper, then its proof of what was agreed upon.

13 September 2009

Expecting a Visitor from Leeds, UK


"I look forward to hearing from you and to develping an exchange programme which will benefit our children at Springs Alive and Whitkirk." - Leeds, UK

Thank you very much for having got in touch. It has been a long wait though and I think this time you will manage to make it. We are still very excited awaiting your visit to us my Dear! Needless to say , I have to mention here in this still very early introduction that Madam Sue Bishop really would want collaboration with your school to work! I can mention that she has seen our school get a new classroom block and now the exchange visit, to mention but a few!

(a picture of Chloe Hogdson with some of the Kids and Guardians at SPACC)

We therefore have very high expectation as a result of your coming here and also an innovation that will see our one time called impoverished school turn “to be of international renown”! I have shared with you a Google document on some more information of the expectations of visitors coming to Springs Alive and frequently asked questions.

Martin

Great Need has Turned into Big Fun!!

Hallo there, great need has turned into big fun!!

It is unbelievable for a student from SPACC to compete with students of the so called better schools in the community and turns to be the best. What a privilege it was!!

Students at SPACC asked fellow students from other schools to join together for quiz competition, two from each school. The other students were so sure they would win ours, while the pupils of SPACC were half sure! Shockingly when the results came out, two from SPACC were the best.

Why did it happen?

Pupils from SPACC were always challenged by the messages in the letters they got especially from Creek View Primary school pupils. They do comment that the children seem to be younger than them but the things they talk about are big.

Say:

  • The clubs they have
  • The preparations they do towards Christmas
  • The topics they talk about; because most of their topics are studied in secondary school in Uganda e.g. History

Our pupils developed confidence which caused every teacher at SPACC to wonder. The pupils say that since they have international connections, they too must turn international and they are now very serious with their academics in order to be different from the local schools and pupils here.

During the struggle to become international, one student amazed the whole school. She failed to pass to go to Primary five last year,2008.She repeated Primary four in 2009 but said that “how can an international student fail a class? I will never be after the first best three”. Term one, she was the first and term two she was the second! No one believed she could perform that way. Internationalism!!!

Thank you our blog readers because through you SPACC has been put on the map (in the limelight!) in the community and outside. We have been able to put up more classrooms, also a friend from the U.S donated to us scholastic materials, which included learning aids such as charts, text books, writing pads, pencils to mention but a few.

Thank you for being so supportive in turning SPACC into a real school!!!

Have you ever seen or heard of unprofessional teachers challenging those who are the so called “professionals”? It has started happening at SPACC because really our teachers have a heart for the underprivileged children in our school.

Thank you

14 July 2009

Hallelujah x 2 Praise the Lord! Say Hallelujah again. God is Good!

The most excellent is Jesus our Father, shout Hallelujah Amen!

Exalt his Name. Oh Hallelujah. There was great joy, shouting, dancing, African war cries and breaking into a lot of praising songs, when the sweet little bare footed disadvantaged children were told that St. George’s Church blessed our Sunday School and SPACC at large with whopping £6500 for putting up a better prayer hall and completion of the classrooms! Oh thank Jesus. God is Good, Brethren!!

As a way of expressing our gratitude, we decided to wave, make joyful shouts to the management and believers of St.Georges Church in Leeds UK.A friend in need is a friend indeed! And we have place a plaque in memory! The Greatest thanks however, go the God the Almighty who has enabled us get to all this.We declared divine happiness, Laughter, victory, long life, God’s Grace and favour over all the believers at St.George’s Church. With this money we surely shall do the purposes for which it has been sent, you just keep watch this blog for updates!


Long live Madam Sue Bishop (the mediator), long live Whitkirk
(http://www.whitkirk.leeds.sch.uk/). May the good Lord bless!

Yours abundantly, Amen.

02 March 2009

Chairman’s Editorial


Our Dear Esteemed Readers,

Many thanks for visiting our web page and keeping abreast with issues of Springs Alive! We bring you hearty warm greetings from the children in our care and are delighted to hear from you!

2008 was an eventful year and despite the global financial down-turn, we remain resolved and optimistic that we will continue to turn the lives of children around with your continued support.
After counting-down another memorable year of opportunity and challenge, we are happy to record an expanding global ring of friendship including: Whitkirk Primary school in (UK), ripplingpond blog in Alpharetta (USA), Multitech Business Research Centre in Uganda (MBRC), Construction Engineering Management Technology and IUPUI-Purdue School of Engineering & Technology to mention but a few. As we mark our 4th year, we celebrate the fire that has kept burning within us to keep Springs Alive Children’s Centre going strong.

We hope to correspond and bring the little dreams of the children to reality. We have constructed a new classroom block to meet the needs of up to 120 pupils! We are delightful to let you know that our prayers were answered when children from Roathpark extended their generosity in November 2008 with donations for building Springs Alive Children’s Centre (SPACC). Since then, we have been able to build the new class rooms and modify the existing structures to meet the town council requirements.

We count the blessings of our friends and partners as we seek to expand our mandate in the coming years. The training opportunity with the Integrated Food Security Classification (IPC) November workshop sponsored by Oxfam GB in Nairobi, all the more reminded us of the development work in our midst. We extend our warmest gratitude to Roathpark friends, may the good Lord bless you abundantly!

In 2009, we like to reach out to the children who have continued to write to us and invite new friends to our expanding tree of love and affection, beneath which children grow!