The case for work place schools
These would be schools attached to every work place. Imagine the stress today’s typical family in Kampala goes through by waking up as early as 4am every working day, in order to prepare the children so to drop them at their school in time; through the traffic and ensuring that they as parents are at their work place by 7am or 8am for most times. Then in the evening, going through the same traffic to pick the children from school after one has finished work at 5pm, to reach home at least by 9pm, prepare dinner and go to bed at around 11pm to wake up again by 4am and the cycle goes on.
MIE can tremendously help you deal with this by coming into a covenant with your work place so they can provide a ‘school’ attached to your work place. This will help both parents and children to live together both at home and while the parent is at work. Families would no longer have to wake up in the wee hours since there would be no hassle, after all, both children and parents would head to the same place to do their different biddings. What MIE would require of the work place is a school room for the children whose parents are staff in this place. In turn, MIE would provide the school room facilitators who would help the children in their learning as the parents are doing their daily work.
The opportunities for parents to get involved in the lives of their children here as they are working are immense. In case of anything, a parent can easily be called upon not only to help with their children as they are studying, but during breaks both parents and children can be together and share a meal and after work, they both head back home together. This will save a lot of time for every stakeholder in this situation; it will drastically reduce the stress in the home, it will enhance the much needed bond between parents and children but also where a family is stable and harmonious there shall be such high levels of productivity from employees of this work place hence a benefit to the employer and the nation.
This is a vision we can share with employers and their employees and guide them on how to go about it.