Chihe Primary School
Chihe Primary School has the motto – ‘education is your future’, and their mission is ‘to provide a conducive environment for better learning’. The school is situated on the south shore of Lake Mutanda.
It was founded as a Catholic Church school in the 1950s at Kiduha Catholic Church.
In 1970 the church became a community church so the school transferred to government land that was being used as nursery beds for a coffee plantation and it is where the school is built to date.
In 1981 temporary classrooms were built from thatch and grass, later parents began to build semi permanent stone built classrooms and some are still used today.
In 1999 the School Facility Grant, a government aid, responsible for schools assisted parents by completing three classrooms.
In 2002 the school reached full primary level with 7 classes.
In 2003/2004 it was given four more permanent classes by the Ugandan government.
From 1991 up to the present day the school has passed through leadership change served by 10 headmasters who have contributed much to its development despite many challenges still faced today by the school. At present there are 13 teachers including the head teacher and his assistant, 6 female and 7 males, and they are all paid by the government.
The pupils age from 6 years to 16 years.
The pupils are eager to practise wildlife conservation and swimming. Volunteers from around the world sometimes help them, from such countries as Sweden and the U.K. Earlier this year some of the children had swimming lessons at Lake Mutanda taught by volunteers from Sweden. We need more volunteers to teach swimming at the lake.
The school has the same problems as any school. They are in urgent need of a new fence to surround the school grounds. This would stop the local livestock such as cows, pigs, sheep and goats from moving in the school compound near the classrooms. The ‘wildlife club’ at the school are going to plant bushes to create a new fence and it will also enhance the surroundings naturally. Once the fence is finished and no more livestock can enter the grounds the pupils are going to plant trees and grow flowers within the school grounds.