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Lords Meade Vocational College focuses on producing well-rounded members of society, and the curriculum reflects this.
Lords Meade offers complete "O" and "A" level academic courses through a syllabus recommended by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports. With an emphasis on using both the hands and the head, vocational training is an integral part of the syllabus.
Team sports and group activities play a role in the development of a future leader, and these are important aspects of student life at Lords Meade. Students are divided into 'houses' to promote teamwork.
Given the background of many of the students, life skills and counselling are provided as part of their learning.
With a goal to develop independent members of community, Lords Meade is developing programs aimed at both the students and the community at large in such areas as small business development.
Uganda today: With over 2 million children orphaned by HIV / AIDS out of a population of about 30 million - many children face a bleak future when their parents or sponsors can no longer support them usually due to ill health and subsequently death.
Usually the grief of the loss of the person who has been supporting the child comes second to the concern over the future of the child's education there is no free secondary education in Uganda so no fees equals no education and the child is usually sent to spend his or her life back in the village where the family originally came from often living with the grandparents and trying to find simple work to eek out an existence.
Many of the girls wait until they are old enough and then are married off probably continuing the cycle of poverty and illiteracy not to mention their broken dreams. Some will eventually resort to simple prostitution in order to raise money for their school fees.
However the parents may have contracted the HIV / AIDS virus, it does not mean that the children should be punished for their parents actions.
For $720 (GB£360) a year you can offer a grieving child the dream of completing their education and enabling them to achieve a meaningful life.