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Thousands of people complete primary school and leave to go to cities or villages each year. Our experience after working with young people since 1978 is that these potentially talented young people stay at home for only one year and after that they are bored and feel the need to do something or go elsewhere especially to cities looking for jobs. Of course this can have a negative impact on their lives as they don’t get employed because they are not trained. Mission to Youth and Students New Life Ministries is establishing a secondary school and vocational training centre that will provide quality education and teach different trades to give these young people an opportunity to develop their talents and put themselves in a position of being employed or employ themselves.

The secondary school is been built in Kisongo ward, Engorora village and we started with six classrooms and more classrooms and dormitories for girls and boys will be constructed as funds come in. We hope to finish phase one of this much needed institution in 2016 where the school will have 480 students of which 60% will be girls and only 40% boys. Why more girls than boys? The answer is for decades in African tradition girls were denied opportunities to go to school. They just stay home, get married and take care of babies and family. For us we decided to break this bad tradition by giving more opportunity to girls knowing that when you educate a girl you have educated the whole family. The school and vocational training is built on a piece of land of 23 acres and our goal is that it will grow up to 1000 students when its fully built in phase two in 2018.

BUILDING THE SCHOOL

It has been a busy year since January as we have been working on a new one storey girls hostel construction by putting on new roof and concrete floor. We now have 16 rooms that can accommodate 64 students and 4 additional class rooms on the ground floor.

We were also able to do renovation works with sewage, septic, construct new concrete staircase to replace the old wooden staircase, and repair works for electricals, desks, and beds. The two buildings look great although they still need plaster, paint, doors, windows, and electrical wiring and fittings to be fully finished. Your continued prayers and financial support will help us finish this building – $31,500 (£20,000) is needed to finish this project.

TRAINING CENTER

Education has been and will always be the key that unlocks the door to advantage for many. For almost thirty three years since the establishment of this ministry, we have been helping our young people mostly in spiritual through youth camps, concerts, high schools and colleges visitation. We now feel that God is taking us another step forward not only to help them spiritually, but also to help give them education knowing that a well educated society is able to compete well with the ever changing world of new technologies and challenges. At this secondary and vocational school we are going to provide opportunities for as many as 480 students when phase one of this project is finished and the number of students will grow up to 1000 when the whole project is fully finished in phase two. Sixty percent of the students will be girls while only forty percent will be boys. One may wonder why we have decided to give more opportunities for girls than boys. This is because for many years in African traditions, girls were not given opportunities to go to school for the simple reason that they have to stay home, get married and take care of children and families. This bad tradition didn’t realise that when you educate a girl, you have educated the whole family and hence educate a community and nation.