These resources were developed by Carolyn Buttimer, a Primary teacher from Cork, who is working with an NGO (Healthy Vine Trust) in Uganda. The resources were developed for her school so that the children could learn from her experiences.
Carolyn has allowed Scoilnet to share these resources with other Primary schools to use in their classrooms to help teach children about the wider world and specifically about Ugandan culture, lifestyle, schooling, climate, flora and fauna. The resources are also designed to give children an insight into a developing country; its challenges and opportunities. It will help children learn solidarity with their world wide neighbours and hopefully inspire an interest in Uganda and its people.
The resources contain observations and interpretations of what happens in Uganda in day-to-day life. At the end of each resource there are curriculum-related suggested activities.
The observations for each month are done through the eyes of Daithí, a teddy bear given to Carolyn by one of her students in Cork.
[Note: for ease of access we have converted the original PowerPoint presentations into PDFs]
Daithí investigates: the town of Luwero; the jobs people in the town do; collecting water; and brick making. (Teacher's Notes for September - Word doc).
Daithí investigates: Ugandan farming; Domestic animals; Fruit and vegetables grown in Uganda.
Fruit & Veg shop in Luwero. Photo C Buttimer
Daithí investigates: Ugandan food; Full loads going to market; Shopping in the market; Meals in Uganda; Food for passing buses. (Teacher's Notes for November - Word doc).
Daithí investigates: Ugandan wedding traditions; Kwanjula (Introduction of man to woman’s family and engagement); Traditional dress; Ugandan tradition. (Teacher's Notes for December - Word doc).
Daithí investigates: Health and sanitation; Sekamuli Health clinic; Model homes; Malaria prevention methods. (Teacher's Notes for January - Word doc).
Daithí explores the activity at the local borehole in Sekamuli where children and adults collect water to bring to their homes. Extension activities cover History and Science. (Teacher's Notes for February - Word doc.)
Daithí goes on safari in to a national park in the west of Uganda where he sees lots of animals in the wild. He also sees evidence of dead animals. His pictures are included. Extension activities cover Science, Geography, Music and Drama (Teacher's Notes for March - Word doc.)
This is all about human rights. Children all around the world have rights and that some children have their right's denied, both in Ireland and in Uganda. This PowerPoint is more suitable for older children. Loads of activity suggestions included. (Teacher's Notes for April - Word doc.)
Uganda on Britannica
Teachers can get further information about Uganda on Encyclopaedia Britannica (Schools Broadband only). Britannica also has a tool to allow users to compare countries - try comparing Uganda with other African countries!