OUR TWIN SCHOOL, DR OBOTE COLLEGE, UGANDA
Dr Obote College is our Ugandan link school, a few miles south of Lira, in northern Uganda. In many ways Dr Obote College is similar to the Langton, with approximately 700 boys, with girls in the Sixth Form. Like the majority of Ugandan Secondary Schools, Dr Obote College is a fee paying boarding school, with students originating from poor social backgrounds.
The link between our two schools was established in 2001, with the primary objectives of developing educational and cultural links. As a starting point a shipment of library books and computers was sent in spring 2002, allowing Dr Obote College to establish its first computer laboratory and re-stock its library. More recently, teacher exchanges have taken place. Unfortunately, whilst the Lord’s Resistance Army remained active in Northern Uganda, the region was too unstable to allow student exchanges. Langton students are largely responsible for raising the funds necessary for teacher exchanges and shipments. In addition we currently hold non-uniform days to raise funds for student sponsorship. In the last ten years we have sponsored 39 students, covering the total cost of their tuition, boarding and school uniform.
In 2006 we funded the installation of a satellite Internet link, improving communication channels with DOC staff and students. On-going fundraising contributes towards annual running costs. We have also funded a generator for the school.
Whilst we seek parity in our relationship with Dr Obote College many of our students have been moved by the stories of the school’s students and have asked that the Langton continues to sponsor boys attending the school and we have decided that we will continue to use money raised from the sponsored walk and other international activities to pay the school fees of the boys in Uganda who are either orphans or whose poverty and family circumstances are such that they would not otherwise be able to afford a secondary education.