Erstes Gebäude der Schule 1978

First Building of  the school 1978

Kathrine und Bill Pearce, Tom Maier und Leo Engeler Dezember 1980

Kathrine und Bill Pearce, Tom Maier and Leo Engeler December 1980

  • 1976: Fr. Karl Hartl (WF), Fr. Peter Isingoma, Fr. Charles Nkende, Br. Max Gmür (WF) identify the best location for the school.
Erster Ausbildungsgang an der Teco mit Instruktoren und Pater Karl Hartl WV 1980

First class of Students in carpentry with Father Karl Hartl WV 1980

  • 1977: Initial infrastructure built: housing and the first workshops

First fields for self-supply of boarding school

  • 1978
    • In spring the first volunteers arrive in Munteme: Bill and Kath Pearce from VMM UK. He is an architectural draughtsman and she is a teacher, and they are responsible for the planning, building and running of the school.
    • After a few months the volunteers move to Hoima and work in the building department of the Diocese.
    • Chrisostom Katahoire is appointed headmaster and trains the first 7 apprentices in carpentry and joinery.
  • 1980: Seven apprentices are taken on and the building of a house for the teaching staff begins in December.
    • December: Beginning the construction of the staff house
  • 1981
    • June: Thomas Maier, car mechanic (Interteam CH), arrives at the school and starts maintenance and restructuring work.
    • Beginning of the common agricultural project with students to ensure a self-sufficient way of life.
    • August: Leo Engeler, carpenter (Interteam CH), arrives at the school. A new project outline is developed, new plans and a document requesting financial support are drawn up
    • September: Thomas Maier and Leo Engeler travel back to Europe to acquire new equipment, raise money and place further requests for financial support with various charities. Modification of the Unimog for the parish and TECO

      Wasserquelle für die Schule 1981

      Local watersource in neighbourhood 1981

  • 1982
    • February: Thomas Maier und Leo Engeler return. Development of the school starts. Agriculture to ensure self-sufficiency becomes a compulsory subject. The necessary work is carried out from Monday to Saturday every morning for 2.5 hours.
    • March: Construction of metal workshop starts
    • April: 12 apprentices start at the joinery and carpentry work shop
    • Throughout the year building continues on the teachers’ accommodation and the workshop.
  • 1983
    • Civil war makes procurement of materials and transport very difficult.
    • The excavation of the groundwater well is being started to secure the supply of fresh water.
    • Extension of the temporary carpentry and joinery workshops as well as the weather- and pest-resistant store facilities with the help of freight containers.

      Aufbau der Hallenkonstruktion mit den Lehrlingen 1982

      Erection of roofconstruction for metal workshop done by students 1982

    • April: 12 apprentices in the joinery and carpentry workshops.
    • House for local staff is being built.
  • 1984
    • April: the metal workshop is finished and first course start with 5 apprentices in metalwork and mechanics
    • 15 apprentices in the joinery and carpentry workshops
    • April: Herbert Wiederkehr, carpenter (Interteam CH), joins the carpentry teaching team.
    • Accommodation facilities for volunteers are completed (until then: caravan).
    • The area of cultivated land is doubled.
    • Oktober: Jost Eggenschwiler, mechanic (Interteam CH), joins the teaching team as a mechanic

      Gescheiterter Versuch einer Backsteinproduktion in der Nähe, 1984

      Failed trial of Bricks production in neighborhood, 1984

    • Building of the permanent carpentry and joinery workshops commences.
    • December: Tomas Maier leaves TECO.
    • Building of the administration and school building commences.
    • First steps to establish a nursery for native trees.
  • 1985
    • March: 16 apprentices in metalwork, 18 apprentices in carpentry and joinery
    • July: President Obote is overthrown by Okello (army chief)
    • From the west and the south more and more land is seized by NRA(National Resistance Army) rebels.
    • Further enlargement of the agriculturally cultivated area.
    • Completion and inauguration of the 24 m-deep groundwater well.

      Während dem Graben muss das Wasser ständig abgepumpt werden

      Construction of groundwater well

    • Sand washing facility in the Itohya Valley
    • Start of the building of two more local staff houses
    • Eucalyptus plantations to indicate border more clearly
    • The front activities of the civil war move very near to the school. Teaching becomes very difficult, supplies and contact to the outside world are interrupted and sometimes completely cut off. Luckily there are no casualties.
    • December: Discovery of a clay deposit in the Itohya Valley (near sand washing facility) which leads to the first successful trials to produce building bricks.

      Lehrlinge erstelllen die Hallenkonstruktion 1984

      Students erect the roofconstruction of Carpentry workshop 1984

  • 1986
    • 26 January: a new era begins for Uganda when Museveni from the NRA takes power. The long-awaited peace in most parts of the country motivates people to reconstruct and rebuild the country. There are no more roadblocks and other war related obstacles to impede progress..
    • March: Rudi Zumbrunn, carpenter (Interteam CH), joins the teaching team as a carpenter/joiner.
    • 21 apprentices in carpentry joinery, 15 apprentices in metal mechanics
    • May: Building commences for further accommodation for volunteers.
    • A visitors’ cottage is being built.
    • A tool shed and food storage facility is built.

      Schulzimmer und Büro

      Classroom and office block

    • Brick production starts in the Itohya Valley.
    • Negotiations start to lease the bordering Itohya Forest for the school.
    • The carpentry/joinery building is completed.
    • The school and administration building is also completed.
    • The metal workshops get enlarged with a forge- and storeroom.
    • Jerome Bahia is employed to look after all apprentices.
    • November: Leo Engeler leaves TECO.
  • 1987
    • Extension of the agricultural project.
    • Graziella Link, Erzieherin, Weberin und Bäuerin (Interteam CH), joins the teaching team.
    • 18 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 15 apprentices in metal mechanics
    • April: Herbert Wiederkehr leaves TECO.
  • 1988

    Bamboo plantation

    • 16 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 10 apprentices in metal mechanics
    • April: Jost Eggenschwiler leaves TECO.
    • Acceptance for leasing and securitisation of the Itohya forest and TECO grounds of 540 ha.
    • November: Leo Engeler joins the TECO staff.
    • Course held in brick manufacturing for 6 months with 8 apprentices.
    • Extension of the brickworks.
    • Michael Henselmann, mechanic (AGEH Germany), arrives at TECO to bridge the gap of personnel.
    • Further building works to enlarge the tailor workshop and home economics building.
  • 1989
    • March: second house for volunteers is completed.
    • Bamboo and Eucalyptus tree plantations are being planted.
    • April: Fredi, mechanic, his wife Esther Krauer and his children Fabian and Jonas arrive at TECO.
    • Rudi Zumbrunn leaves TECO.
    • Mai: Herbert and Mary Wiederkehr Bbosa rejoin the TECO team, Herbert as a carpenter and Mary with the subjects of tailory and home economics.
    • 8 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics

      Maty und Herbert Wiederkehr-Bbosa, Michael Henselmann und Christina Wacker (hinten), Estehr und Fredi Krauer mit Manuel und ..., Leo Engeler, Chnuschti, der Wachhund, Fehlt: Rudi Zumbrunn

      Mary and Herbert Wiederkehr-Bbosa, Michael Henselmann and Christina Wacker, Estehr und Fredi Krauer with Fabian und Jonas, Leo Engeler, Chnuschti, the watchdog, not on Picture: Rudi Zumbrunn

    • 23 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 12 apprentices in metal mechanics
    • official measuring and verification of the TECO grounds and the Itohya forest
    • October: Leo Engeler leaves TECO.
    • November: Michael Henselmann leaves TECO.
  • 1990
    • 24 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 12 apprentices in metal mechanics, 12 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
    • Accommodation for girls is being built.
    • The whole school ground is being enclosed and secured by a fence.
  • 1991
    • 22 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 12 apprentices in metal mechanics, 11 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
    • Construction of a pigsty and a fish pond
  • 1992
    • Christoph and Ellen Lanz with their children Aaron und Anna (Interteam CH) arrive at TECO. Christoph is a carpenter and Ellen works in home economics.
    • Peter Leu, plumber (Interteam CH), arrives at TECO.
    • Fredi and Esther Krauer and their children leave TECO.
    • Herbert and Mary Wiederkehr leave TECO.
    • 24 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 12 apprentices in metal mechanics, 12 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
  • 1993
    • 21 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 2 apprentices in metal mechanics, 12 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
    • contstruction of new living quarters for apprentices
    • construction of new living quarters for teachers and staff
    • completion of a new wood yard
    • completion of a depot building as well as a workshop and staff accommodation for the brick-building section
  • 1994
    • 21 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 9 apprentices in metal mechanics, 11 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
    • Interteam is terminating staff support for the school at the end of the volunteer contracts.
    • Attempt to organise a prolonged timeframe for the handover period with various NGOs which is unfortunately unsuccessful.
    • Mr. Bahya and all other instructors are being briefed and trained to take on the new role of carrying responsibilities. They are being prepared and taught to manage and lead the school independently. The volunteers withdraw step-by-step from their responsibilities and leading roles in the project whilst teaching and coaching the successors to take over the institution and carry on our work.
    • Jerome Bahya is announced principle of TECO.
    • Fred Nsekantio becomes head of carpentry and joinery.
    • Ajileo Bwalisiima becomes head of the metal workshops.
    • Loy Zerezire becomes head of tailoring and home economics.

      Jerome Bahia mit Ehefrau, Lerhlingsbetreuer seit 1986

      Jerome Bahia with his Wife, Carer for students since1986

    • construction of a new canteen and kitchen for the students
    • constructiond of new water cisterns for all teaching staff houses
    • extension of storage capacity for tailoring workshop
    • construction of a new kitchen for volunteer accommodation
  • 1995
    • 21 apprentices in carpentry/joinery, 9 apprentices in metal mechanics, 11 female apprentices in tailoring and home economics
    • February: Peter Leu leaves TECO.
    • March: Christoph and Ellen Lanz and their children leave TECO.
    • March: Nigel Watson (VSO England) takes on the administrative support for TECO.
  • 1996
    • Nigel Watson leaves TECO unexpectedly.
  • 2000
    • November: Jerome Bahya is dismissed without further notice
  • 2001
    • Januar: Alexander Langol becomes acting Principal.
    • April: Alexander Langol is taken ill and steps down as acting
    • Raphael Eribankya takes over as acting Principal.
  • 2002
    • The situation in the school is very unclear and communication is basically non-existent.
  • 2003
    • A new course, Brickwork and Concrete Practice, is introduced and a workshop is built for it, financed by a German aid program (KFW) coordinated by Fr Rudi Lenherz.
    • Project cooperation with St Simon Peter in Hoima where Fr Deo Zziwa is the new Principal.
  • 2005
    • SDW (Solidarität Dritte Welt CH) terminates its shortfall warranty after 20 years.
  • 2009
    • first `Memorandum of Understanding` between CSWCT (Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Entebbe) and TECO concerning the protection of the Itohya forest and the resident chimpanzees
  • 2010
      • December: Christoph and Ellen Lanz as well as Elisabeth Spahr and Leo Engeler visit TECO to meet former students who complain about the bad state of the school and ask for support and renewed commitment to revive the project.
      • In the reforested area large parts have been cut down.
      • There has been illegal logging in the Itohya forest.
      • Thanks to the dedicated work of Seezi Mugisa the actual area of the Itohya forest is still intact and its complete destruction has been prevented.


  • 2011
    • January: Florian Schreier and Leo Engeler visit TECO and meet with numerous leading members of the diocese with reference to detailed information about the school and its decline.
    • Several attempts are made to point out to the Principal that the actual aim of the school should be to provide apprenticeship schemes and education.
    • A new Board of Governors is chosen by the Bishop.
  • 2012
    • March: Meeting with Fr Peter Isingoma to discuss the situation and to identify possible solutions to improve the performance of TECO.
    • Principal Raphael Eribankya and all other staff are relieved of their duties.
    • After a thorough investigation some of the staff are reemployed.
    • In the interim Fr. Julius from the parish is announced as Principal.
    • June: The Bishop appoints Fr Deo Zziwa as the new Principal.
    • September: Fr Deo Zziwa commences the restoration of the school and reorganisation of the administration.
    • The courses of carpentry/joinery, metalwork , mechanics, bricklaying and home economics are attended by approximately 57 apprentices. The courses have different lengths and lead to different certificates.
    • CSWCT is able to arrange for a considerable compensation payment for the conservation and preservation of the Itohya forest.
  • 2013
    • March: Jost Eggenschwiler und Leo Engeler visit TECO, its leading representatives and some former students.
    • April: the association `Friends of TECO` is founded.
    • Friends of TECO are financing three additional teacher salaries.
  • 2014
    • Jost Eggenschwiler and Leo Engeler meet with Fr Peter Isingoma in Frankfurt to discuss pending issues regarding TECO.
    • Friends of TECO maintain their commitment to pay for teachers’ salaries.