On annual basis we have reported about our achievements, at student, home, community and management levels.See the document files.
Below a brief summary.
The URDTGS started in 2000 with only 60 girls, because of limited resources. The current infrastructure allows us to 270 students in respectively the classes: upper primary: P5, P6, P7 and secondary: O level (S1-S4) and A-level (S5 and S6). In 2017 we expect to educate over 240 students.
Since we started, the school has been able to implement the National Curriculum and participate in national exams. The girls' academic results are good, especially when taken into account their disadvantaged backgrounds. So far, all students passed the exams and especially the primary students did very well, 55- 60% received first grades, the rest got second grades.
The school has developed a rural development oriented co-curricular programme that supports the girls to become transformational leaders, act as transformation/change agents in their own families and communities. The learners also gained skills in agro business management, sustainable natural resource management, vocational subjectis, preventive health care and other life skills.
Our annual research showed that the co-curricula activities have a positive impact on at least 75% of the homes. These have a vision and family members are working towards long-term prosperity and happiness. We noted improved farm management, health, nutrition, financial management and family cooperation. Since its inception, the school's co-curricular activities reached over 1200 home members, 6000 community members and students and 2 million listeners.
URDTGS ensures that professional and appropriate accountability systems and procedures are in place. The school strives to be cost conscious and promotes wisely use of its limited resources amongst staff and students. Currently the organisation depend mainly on external funding, given the economic situation in the homes of the students. With the kind support of Triodos Fund, the Netherlands, we have set up a provision for an endowment fund that on the long run it is expected to cater for the running costs of the school. We also expect that the ex-students of the school will take part in a sponsorship programme to finance the school.
The URDTGS has won national prizes from Ashoka Change maker school (2015), Teacha a Man to Fish (2014), European Commission-U (2006), FAWE-U (2002) and the National Book Trust (2003, 2005 and 2007) and various district sport competitions (2004-20017). The District Inspector of School declared URDTGS model school of Kibaale district due to its holistic and 2-generation approach to education.
The school will continue to learn and adjust its strategies for effective ways of excelling home developments and creating peace, health and prosperity at all levels.