We wanted to buy the most necessary books for the Unity School, for the new classes. Actually, not for all the children in class, but just for the teacher. The teachers use the books to sketch everything at the chalk board. Kids might have some notebooks for make some notes for their own. Or might not. As a kid in a school in Uganda you really have to WANT TO LEARN to have a chance to actually learn something. Even in he ‘private’ schools.
The chances get better, when your parents can affort to put you in a private school, because there are much less children in a class then at the governmental schools (still have the classrooms with more than 100 girls at the Lwala Schools graved in my mind). Even with not so much material, the children het personal attention and support for their skills.
Anyway, we drove down to Kumi, because we knew, in that town even was a bookstore for schoolbooks. They also might have some (illegal??) copies of official books – much more affordable for most of the schools. The first place we checked was closed some time ago. The lady next door knew another shop. We tried this one. They had about one third of the books the school actually needed. Sunny side of that: the bill matched the amount left in our funds for this trip.
We asked for a pricing list of the other books. Will see.