Nursery and Music School in Kampala

The politics in Europe are heating up, but we shouldn’t lose perspective – at least we still have a stable social security and somewhat sensible way of dealing with things. In Uganda, they had their General Election earlier this year – there were riots afterwards and hundreds of people died. It was only once the US sent their troop to the country that the situation calmed down. Business suffered, locals suffered, there was much unrest.

And this was because the same President took over power again and the election wasn’t deemed democratic. No matter what people in Europe are saying now, at least our voices are heard and taken seriously.

Now the situation in Uganda and in Kampala more specifically has calmed down. Our music school is offering lessons as normal on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Mother Ann Nursery School takes place from Monday to Friday. In addition to this, the standard consultation services are running normally (teacher training, research, secretarial services, book services for schools and exam services for schools).

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during the past few turbulent months – and here is to continuing the great work!

 

 

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Consultancy for Exam Preparation

Unlike in Europe, schools in Uganda are in charge of designing and printing out their exam papers for assessing their students’ progress and level of learning. There is no standardised examination body in the country that would provide schools with exam papers and have a standardized criteria for assessing students’ learning. It is a great responsibility and task for teachers to devise appropriate exams.

Our Educational Consultancy in Kampala offers a service to local teachers where they can receive assistance in designing their exams and printing them out in appropriate formats. So far, schools around Kampala have taken up this service and the consultancy is keen to reach out to more rural areas too – so do please do get in touch with us should you need assistance in this regard! Both primary and secondary schools are very welcome.

 

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Light Reading for the Summer

For anyone looking for some light reading this summer, Fanny Blake’s ‘House of Dreams’ is highly recommended! I came across the book while browsing in our local library for something to read – something that would be light to read but also entertaining and would have a good plot to follow. ‘House of Dream’ is just it and I’ve been laughing every evening now while reading it!

The book is a heart-warming tale of family secrets that are slowly revealed after the mother of the  family passes away and her three children go out to their family house on the Spanish coast for one last time. Just the setting alone is ideal reading for the summer – you can just imagine yourself sitting on the beach by the seaside (even when it’s raining outside in the UK!). As the siblings discover new things about their family and hippy mother, the reader is thoroughly entertained – but can also reflect on how all families are not as straightforward as they might seem for an outsider.

Fanny Blake had a successful career as an Editor for many of the major publishers in the UK before deciding that she actually wanted to write books herself, not just read other people’s books. Nowadays she also uses her literature knowledge on being a judge for several literary awards.

You can find out more about ‘House of Dreams’ and Fanny’s other books on her website – we think that her books are a must this summer!

http://www.fannyblake.co.uk/about/

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Research Projects in Kampala

We at the Buna Educational Consultancy in Kampala, Uganda, have been occupied with working on several researcher projects. Some of them are for the local University and some are for local NGOs working in the education sector across Uganda.

All of us at the consultancy enjoy helping others and engaging in this type of work. We would therefore like to remind everyone working in Uganda that we offer comprehensive research services – do get in touch if you are looking for assistance in the field!

 

Donations of Music Instruments

Thanks to a generous donation from a long-standing and devoted friend, our music school in Kampala now has two classical guitars for teaching students to play this wonderful instrument. Music instruments are very expensive in Uganda, by the local standards, and so having musical instruments at the school for teaching and practicing is extremely important. Many of our students come to the school to practice the instruments since they do not have them at home.

Any donations of old unused musical instruments, music books or any other related materials are much appreciated! If the instruments are in a different country to Uganda, we can arrange for shipping with a special deal that we have with a shipping company. Do get in touch with us if you have any queries or offers on this!

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Teacher Training on Using School Books

Our educational consultancy in Kampala, Uganda, is now offering teacher training on using text books at schools. This service will ensure that teacher know how best to utilise their text books in the classroom. In Uganda, many schools still don’t have libraries and so using text books is a new aspect to teachers. The courses we offer for teachers at a low cost can make all the difference in their classroom practice.

Should you be interested in learning more, please do get in touch with us!

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Solution for Extremely Dry Hands and Feet

I think that I have finally found a solution to my extremely dry hands and feet. I’m one of those people who get very dry skin, in particular in the winter. In the summer, it’s not so bad – but now with a young child and pets around, I find myself washing my hands all the time and this in turn dries up my hands.

Over the years, I have tried so many different hand creams and only a couple have actually worked. In particular when living in Finland, with the dry climate and cold winters, I used to get horrible itchy and dry skin.

Now – finally!- I seem to have found a cream that works! It is actually a foot cream for very dry feet, but I was told that it can also be used for dry hands. So I had to try it out… and it works!

The key point is that a persistent dry skin problem requires more than moisturising – and that’s what this cream does; it works on the underlying cause. The cream is based on wisdom derived from the rainforest region in Central America. It features crushed allspice berry, which has traditionally been used by the indigenous people of Central America to relieve persistent dry, cracked, red skin on heels, toes and sides of the feet. The berry contains enzymes that help to restore healthy skin.

I can personally say that the power of the plant is certainly found in this cream – after applying it 3-4 times a day (just a tiny portion at a time) for a week, the skin on my hands isn’t dry and itchy any more. Now it’s summer time and the air isn’t as dry – so it’s yet to be seen how it works on my skin in the winter. But I am hopeful!

It’s great value for money as well – the tube is big in size and you only need to use a tiny amount each time for your hands and feet so it should last several weeks. And what’s more – a percentage of the sales will be donated to Malawi, one of the poorest nations on earth.

 

 

Research on a Rare Skin Disorder

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a genetically transmitted skin disorder that causes the development of blisters or open sores which never go away and can cover as much as 75 percent of the body. Skin is the largest organ on human body and so this disorder has a severe impact on the quality of the sufferer’s life. For example, it can take three hours just to have a bath…!

Not much is known about the disorder and ingoing research is taking place in leading research universities and research centres. The Stanford University in the US is one such place – and they receive regular donations from the sells of an amazing mud mask. The company that makes and sells the mud mask has so far donated more than $15million to EB research. With such support, the company and its Force for Good Foundation are helping to find a cure for EB, or at least make the lives of those affected by the disorder more comfortable.

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And the mud mask itself is amazing – it contains more than 50 different minerals, is extremely pure and cleanses your skin amazingly well. I can testify to that – I have tried many different mud masks in my life and none cleanses my skin as well as this one! And when I found out that a percentage of the money is dedicated to this type of research, I felt like I have to keep using the mask and supporting such a worthy cause!

If you’d like to try the mask out (either a sample or to purchase one – very good price; great value for money!), do drop us a line! As you can see below, many celebrities are also using it.