TEREGO. The little sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu congregation have laid a foundation stone for a multi-million two floor storied building to open an inclusive school in Terego district.
Bishop Cypriano Kihangire School of hope Alia based in Orivu A village, Leju town council Terego district started operating a Kindergarten in 2000 but the sisters are upgrading it to primary level after demands from the local population.
According to the director of the school, Sr. Suzan Clair Ndeezo, the plan is aimed at giving children with disabilities the chance to have easy and comfortable access to primary education with accommodation.
“While I was in America, a few friends I spoke to became interested, the idea was the heart for the children with disabilities who are out of school because they cannot travel far, the idea was to improve this place that was started by my predecessors to accommodate at least 100 pioneers to begin P.3 and P.4 as soon as lock down is lifted,” Sr. Ndeezo explained”
Work started with laying the foundation on part of the 25 acre land donated by the locals in Orivu A village in Leju town council.
Sr Ndeezo says the cost of the two floor classroom block including fittings and equipment may range between shs600-700 million to be fundraised from people of good will within and overseas.
Although construction of the building is going to delay, the school will pick up the renovated existing structures initially used by the pre-primary pupils.
Sr Mary Immaculate Etudopia says the intervention will help them to achieve their mission of providing holistic education for the disabled children within an institution under their management.
“I would all the way come from Gulu to assist the children with disability in this place, there are success stories already, we used to take the children who need special needs education in the neighbouring schools and in Arua city, some are doing well and others have done courses, so bringing this school will solve our problems under one roof”, Sr. Etudopia stated.
She said the inclusive education established in the place will have benefits for both the disabled and children without physical problems.
“This school cannot be a unit school because the disabled children will not grow, it has to be inclusive so that the disabled children can learn from the able children and they get used to each other” Sr. Etudopia narrated.
The school Management committee chairman Mr Romano Osobile expressed delight over claims that the institution will provide a range of services that were missing in the community.
He said their disabled children are out of school because the nearest Addu primary school is over 5Km to transport crippled children daily.
The area LC1 Chairman Juma Sayid pledged to mobilize the communities to own and support the school by providing local materials to reduce the cost of the ongoing building.
The superior general of Little sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu congregation appointed Sr. Catherine Akidi to open the school with permission from the Bishop Ordinary of Arua catholic diocese, local governments and the permanent secretary of ministry of education and sports in 2000.
The school was named after Bishop Cypriano Kihangire who searched for scholarships for Little sisters to train in physiotherapy.