Secondary School Volunteering
Team College is one of two secondary schools in the village of Ruhanga
with the other school, Ruhanga Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, being government aided. As noted elsewhere, being government aided does not mean free education as
significant fees and charges apply, putting secondary school education out of the financial reach of many families.
As such many school children drop out of education at the end
their primary schooling severely impacting on their long-term life
Team College was established by the former headmaster at Ruhanga Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School to cater specifically for brighter children who would otherwise be squeezed out of education due to
these high fees. A not-for-profit school, Team College offers education from Secondary 1 to Secondary 4, when O-levels are taken before the students either progress to A levels or take the vocational training route
which is preferred by many given the lack of formal jobs in the
The school is few
in number partly because it has an educational standards
admissions policy but also because its physical resources are
limited which is off-putting to some families despite the school's
actual education attainment being held in high regard locally.
not-for-profit fees it charges (which basically only cover
essential costs such as paying the teachers) without third party
assistance, the physicality of the school is unlikely to improve
significantly. This is especially evident in one classroom where
one of the walls has collapsed and in the limited boarding
provision where students have to sleep on the floor rather than in
This is a new
volunteer project that follows a process of consultation with
students at the school to identify (a) whether the input from
volunteers with different cultures and backgrounds would be
beneficial to the overall learning process and, if so, (b) what
specifically would students want from volunteers.
The students were
keen to welcome volunteers to their school to not only run
workshops around such topics as cultural differences, English
language development and careers advice as well as computer and
internet skills, they were also anxious for volunteers to help
with the physical conditions of the school and would welcome
working with others to establish a community based library
accessible to all students in the village to cater for reading for
pleasure as well as reference books for course work.
This project is primarily looking for volunteers who are TEFL or
hold other teaching qualifications and who have experience with
working with teenage students in both formal and informal
settings. This project will also be suitable for other
self-motivated individuals who can assist in the classroom and/or
on a one to one tuition basis and/or in running after school clubs
for the students and who are prepared to help establish the
framework for this new project.
As noted above, this secondary school volunteering is a
new project and, as such, there is much groundwork to do
rather than just turning up on a Monday and asking
what's happening! The extent of involvement in the
classrooms will need to be negotiated with the teaching
staff and headmaster as well as when workshops with the
children will be run as they will need to fit around
their educational and domestic work duties.
Nevertheless this is a groundbreaking project in the
area and holds out the prospect of many exciting
opportunities to make a real impact on older children's
lives in the village and, of course, a better resourced
secondary school for the primary school children in the
village to transition to in future years.