Ugandan teacher visits Amherstburg, gets ideas on what to bring back home

 

Geri Sutts and Ingrid Heugh show Ugandan teacher Ann Isubah around one of the classrooms at Amherstburg Public School.

Geri Sutts and Ingrid Heugh show Ugandan teacher Ann Isubah around one of the classrooms at Amherstburg Public School.

Geri Sutts shows Isubah, otherwise known as “Teacher Ann,” some of the supplies in a kindergarten classroom. Isubah is visiting Canada on a three-week trip from Uganda.

Geri Sutts shows Isubah, otherwise known as “Teacher Ann,” some of the supplies in a kindergarten classroom. Isubah is visiting Canada on a three-week trip from Uganda.

By Ron Giofu

With Geri Sutts unable to go to Uganda to assist the Save African Child Uganda (SACU), she still managed to find a way to contribute by bringing a Ugandan teacher to Canada.

Sutts, who helped found SACU in 2010, brought Ann Isubah to Canada for a three-week stay. Isubah, otherwise known as “Teacher Ann,” toured Amherstburg Public School last Wednesday with Sutts and fellow SACU member and Amherstburg Public School teacher Ingrid Heugh.

“If I can’t go to Uganda, I’ll bring Uganda to me,” said Sutts.

SACU has assisted in building schools and shelters, hiring teachers and educating students, noted Sutts, with Isubah being one of the first teachers hired.

“She has it in her heart. She loves these kids,” said Sutts. “She isn’t in it for the money.”

Money is tight, though, as Isubah earns $160 per month. Proceeds that SACU have raised have gone into buying land, constructing buildings, tending to students’ medical needs, feeding them two meals per day and purchasing necessary supplies for the students in the African nation. SACU started with roughly 60 students and now has 85, said Sutts.

Isubah was struck by how clean things are in Canada and the 23-year-old stated she is appreciative of what is being done for her. She even received a free dental visit last week.

“I was happy and I didn’t expect it,” said Isubah.

Heugh and Sutts hope to get Isubah into a few classrooms this week although she was able to tour the school last Wednesday and meet with teachers who were setting up for the first day of classes. Isubah said she has “experienced many things” with Heugh remarking there is a lot of culture shock for her.

“Teacher Ann is so willing to try anything,” said Sutts.

Isubah was also praised for the work she has done with the Ugandan children.

“She has done a remarkable job for being 23-years-old,” said Heugh.

“SACU wouldn’t be SACU without Teacher Ann,” added Sutts.

SACU has raised $18,000 of the $22,000 needed to construct a new shelter, Sutts pointed out. Heugh added a fundraiser Amherstburg Public did last Christmas was able to feed a village. Many teachers at Amherstburg Public also sponsor children in Uganda.

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