Irene Ocwee Trends, the Ugandan teacher extraordinaire

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Uganda Irene Ocwee Trends, the Ugandan teacher extraordinaire
MAY 7, 2022 LISTEN

This week on The Sound Kitchen you'll hear the answer to the question about the Hilder Nursery and Primary School. You'll take a tour of a "GreenLab" house in Dallas, Texas, hear "Ollia's Happy Moment” and “Music from Erwan” -  and of course, there's the new quiz question, too. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 

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This week's quiz: On 26 March, I asked you a question about an article written by my colleague Laura Angela Bagnetto, which also was a feature on her excellent bi-monthly podcast Africa Calling – which I know you all listen to regularly.

Laura Angela's story was about a marvelously dedicated teacher in Uganda, Irene Ocwee Trends, who during the pandemic lockdown took into her very own family home 30 children. The boys and girls – from 13 to 17 years old - were in the final year of her primary school, and Trends wanted them to be able to continue their schooling uninterrupted. And the hard work paid off … all her students passed Uganda's national exams and will go on to secondary school. Teachers. What heroes!

Uganda ranks schools on how well students at any particular school do on their national exams. My question to you was: after Ocwee Trends' students took their national exams and passed with flying colors, where did Uganda rank the Hilder Nursery and Primary School in their list of schools?

The answer is, as Laura Angela wrote: “Her final year students took their national exams, and Hilder Nursery and Primary school was named the 20th top school in the whole country after the results were announced.”

The winners are: M. N. Sentu, who's a member of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, and Ms. Fatematuj Zahra, who serves as the co-secretary of the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh. Also on the list this week are RFI Club members Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada and Ms. Dipita Chakrabarty from New Delhi, India. Last but not least, RFI English listener Aiman Shad from Bogura, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Take the A Train” by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra; “Dance of the Nursemaids” from the ballet Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky, performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, and “Agondé” from Os Tincoãs.  

Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected]

This week's question ... You have to listen to the show to participate. After you've listened to the show, refer to David Coffey's articleEU fines against Poland's 'rule of law' dispute surpass €160m” to help you find the answers.

You have until 30 May to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 4 June podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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