The local community in Apac is fundraising to construct and renovate dilapidated classroom blocks at government primary schools within the district. Reports from the district say that the government schools in the Apac district and municipality don’t have enough classrooms for their large numbers of students, and some of them are in bad shape.
As a result, local leaders are mobilising community members to collect building materials and money to renovate the available classroom blocks and later construct new ones at various schools. The money raised this year will be used to fix up classroom blocks at Kwibale Primary School in Akokoro Sub County. This school has over 500 students and is currently split into two sections.
Wansolo and Atudu Annex primary schools are also in a sorry state. Peter Obong Acuda, the speaker of the Apac District Local Council, who is chairing the organising committee for the fundraising, says that the government does not have enough resources to improve the status of all schools, which has prompted parents to step in.
Obong was also quick to note that parents should take up the mantle of developing the schools they started before the government took them over.
The team has so far collected 77 bags of cement, ten trips of bricks, ten trips of sandy soil, and a total of 752,000 in cash. Their target is to raise Shs. 44 million by September 3rd, 2022, when the grand fundraising event will be held.
Tom Ogwal, the Kwibale Primary School School Management Committee (SMC) Chairperson, says that his pupils are learning under the shade of the trees within the school compound. They also say that the money they raise will help them build the walls under the available shade, which will give the students a better place to learn.
Rodgers Akena, a worried parent, thinks this is a good idea. He says that parents want to help their kids at school while they wait for help from the government.
“As parents, we are very much interested in this fundraising because if you see the current status of this school, you will be forced to raise something little to support it so that in case the government decides to come in, we shall have done something already.” There are 58 government-aided primary schools in the APAC District, and most of these schools have old and dilapidated classrooms, which put the lives of occupants at high risk.