Teso Educational Support Services (TESS)
Helping young people in Teso, Uganda
to learn for life.

February 2019 Newsletter

A warm welcome to the latest news from TESS.

We hope that this email finds you well. Our students have all returned to school after the long Christmas break and our graduating S4 students have started exciting new courses. We are in the process of recruiting new girls into our sponsorship programme and also planning our first vocational training course for girls who are not in education, employment or training, so it’s been a busy time. We’re excited to develop our vocational training in 2019  as we want to widen our support of girls in Teso to include those for whom academic learning is not an option. We also remain committed to sponsoring students in secondary and tertiary education. We want to take this opportunity to welcome our new sponsors and supporters to TESS and look forward to working together to support young people in Teso.

S4 Graduates. Huge congratulations to our brilliant S4 graduates who all managed to achieve an S4 certificate this month. All of our students are moving on to new courses. 3 will be studying A levels, 4 will be training as nurses/midwives and the others will be training in skills including secretarial and business enterprise, plumbing, hairdressing, catering, hotel management, mechanics and construction. These students have really made the most of their opportunity to study at secondary school level and are very proud of their achievements, as are their parents/guardians.

New Student Recruitment is up and running, so if you are waiting to hear details of your new student, Joanne will contact you by the end of March to let you know all about who you are sponsoring. This year we are recruiting girls who are academically very able but due to financial difficulties are unable to continue with their secondary school studies. We are working with local headteachers to identify these girls and will then carry out our own eligibility checks.

Vocational Training. Thanks to everyone who donated to our ‘Sponsor a Sewing Machine’ Christmas Appeal. We raised over £600 towards the cost of our first vocational training programme at our centre in Kapiri for girls who have not been able to complete school. We will be starting with a course for 10 young women, training them in a variety of income generating and easily marketable skills including simple sewing, baking and soap making as well as business/entrepreneurial skills.  We hope to empower this young women to set up thier own businesses and begin to support themselves and their families financially. We look forward to sharing more in our next newsletter.

Staff changes.  We are delighted that Scovia Aliano, an alumni of TESS and current employee has taken on the task of coordinating our sponsorship programme after the departure of Christine Ariokot. We are currently recruiting for a Programme Manager in Teso who will oversee operations there.

Be Social! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and  like us on Facebook for updates on our work in Teso.

Easy fundraising. Did you know that if you are a online shopper, you can raise money for TESS just by purchasing the things that you would normally buy?!  Please visit the Easy Fundraising website at www.easyfundraising.org.uk to join up for free. If you select TESS as one of your chosen charities, online businesses who are signed up to Easy Fundraising will make a donation to us every time you make a purchase. Easy!

Thanks as always to our sponsors and supporters who are creating such  wonderful opportunities for young people to access education in Teso.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments; admin@tess.org.uk .

Our next newsletter will be out on 30th April 2019.

Until then, every blessing, Joanne and the TESS team.

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