Thank you for the continued and engaging refinement of our ideas. I am writing to share my response on my ideas of the way we plan to select the teaching staff.
We think that there should be staff members at different level who all come from different communities. Community leaders will come from different villages both in the refugee camp and outside. We will partner with African Leadership on the best way to recruit and identify the best teachers who are truly passionate to give quality education.
The school will be in Hoima town and will admit a number of national students as well. CIYOTA owns 14 acre land where we wish to establish our own school.
Please see the response on the specific idea and how it is different from what we do; 1. In the Amplify challenge, we will establish COBURWAS Leadership Academy (CLA) that will focus on (1) identifying potential young leaders from the refugees settlement who have completed senior four (ages 14- 19), (2) nurture their development through formal education in their own A level school that is designed to offer innovative education in a resource-constrained context.
2. Students will complete a dual curriculum, intensive learning and doing. They will finish two final years of A level coupled with hands-on entrepreneurial leadership. Through students run business and farming projects, a carefully selected team of faculty will work with students to make the school the first refugee school that fully funds itself and enable them to be competitive academically. The school projects especially farms will be run by both students and the community committees to ensure that all stakeholders have a sense of ownership of the work and take pride in the success.
3. For two years students will take part in classroom and practical learning that will prepare them to attend world-class universities, and also to become problem solvers in through applied social leadership and entrepreneurship tied to local problems.
4. Like we have successfully done in our current projects, we will engage the community to promote ownership for social cohesion, violence reduction and sustainable development.
This project is different from all the projects because it will have dual curriculum that is fully developed academically and in practical learning. The philosophy is the same, creating a sustainable community using available/ local resources. Our two main projects, the primary school and Hostel programs depend mostly on the Ugandan curriculum and less developed entrepreneurial leadership. In our current approach students have do not receive enough practical leadership and critical thinking learning because we have to train them outside their schools. After learning that our little energy put on the entrepreneurial leadership and community involvement has made it possible for our programs to be self sustained, we were inspired to have a well-established institution that will give the community and students the opportunity to and learn and build through practice and enable them to be self sustainability. By having the school that offers both the national curriculum and hands-on/ practical learning, students will be supported and guided by their teachers to connect their learning to the real life challenges and potential solutions. This will be CIYOTA’s first school that is also an incubation center to developing leaders.