By Tristan Davis – 1851 Staff
For the first time in the program’s history, every seventh grade student of the Bulobi Primary School in Uganda who took the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) passed. The PLE is a test to determine whether or not a student is ready for high school-level courses, and has proved to be difficult in past years. Much of this success can be attributed to the countless hours put in by a group of Lasell students headed by Reverend Tom Sullivan who traveled across the globe with the goal of better educating a truly deserving group of students.
Each student who had planned to take the PLE was in attendance. English proved to be the best subject for the students, followed by science and mathematics. “The scores have gone up almost 100 percent since I first worked with that school four years ago” said Sullivan, director of the Center of Spiritual Life at Lasell.
Junior Morgan Nash was one of the students who took part in the trip, and was ecstatic that she was able to make an impact.
“When we educated the children, we became role models. Lasell College students made a difference. Maybe one day, one of the children that Lasell College influenced will decide to work with politics,” said Nash. “Maybe one of the children Lasell College taught will become a leader because they saw leadership in us.”
Fellow Uganda tutor Margaret Stracuzzi was proud of what the program was able to do, but knows there’s still work to be done.
“Finding out that every single P7 student we taught last summer passed their PLE was simply tear-jerking, but we need to do even more. Most of those who pass the PLE still go into the work fields and give up on their education,” she said. “We need to motivate them to keep going…and to use their education to their fullest, to follow their dreams, and to never give up.”