Uganda trip is "once in a lifetime opportunity"
A group of Year 9s and 10s from Oasis Academy Brightstowe enjoyed the trip of a lifetime this summer when they visited our sister school in Africa.
The eight-strong group were joined by three members of staff – Alison Eynon, Stephanie Jones and Alistair Keys – for the ten-night visit to Oasis Academy Musoto in Uganda.
After a flight from London Gatwick to Entebbe Airport via Dubai, the group stayed in the Ugandan capital Kampala before departing for an eight-hour bus ride past Lake Victoria to their destination, Mbale, home of Oasis Academy Musoto, where they experienced life in the classroom and helped organise the school’s first ever sports day.
There was also time for sightseeing including the picturesque Sipi Falls, where the group watched a sunset and ground their own coffee, and a visit to Beersheba FC, a voluntary club managed by Oasis.
“Our goal was to create a once in a lifetime opportunity for students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe and to develop their cultural and leadership skills,” says Stephanie Jones.
“It was an unforgettable experience for all of us and I would especially like to thank Musoto’s head, Alex Toolo, and our guide in Uganda, Fred Majeli, who were both fantastic.”
Last Christmas our staff and students, plus those at Bristol’s other Oasis secondary and primary schools, spent a week raising money for a new classroom for Musoto, a shipping container which is being converted into an IT room.
Musoto is the first Oasis academy to be established outside the UK. The plan is to enable the current primary school to grow every year up to secondary level, offering free education in a region of eastern Uganda where only 10 per cent of children who finish primary school have access to secondary education.