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Our school building is complete and we now provide free education for around 460 nursery children (ages 3-6) and primary children (ages 7-12) from the Namatala slum. A further 42 children are sponsored at state secondary schools. 

Our aim is to ultimately provide direct education to around 500 children between the ages of 3 to 11 years living in Namatala.

This school is not a temporary structure – as many charity-built African schools are, lasting only a few years. This building is a permanent facility to provide quality education for decades to come. It is extremely well-built... and costs accordingly!

The expansion in pupil numbers, and the corresponding number of teaching and admin staff, is scheduled to take place gradually until completion. 

And now we are laying plans to build a secondary school, click here for details...
 



Our school is amazing!

People ask us why our slum-based school is so… um… big. And why our sights are set so highly on quality education; it is in a slum, after all. Here are the reasons – and we’re proud of them.

1. We want our school to be a ‘beacon of hope’ to our slum community – something that stands the test of time – to show that we believe in the community and that we’re not ‘here today, gone tomorrow’. So it’s built to last many, many years.

2. We want our school to be high quality – because that’s what the kids deserve. They are not second class children, so they should not have a second class school.

3. When children go to a high quality school, they think about themselves differently … it inspires them and lifts their vision from the gutter to the sky. It also changes the mind-sets of the staff … giving them greater confidence and expectancy to aim high.

4. We want a school that doesn’t have to be knocked down and re-built every five years, as with typical, cheaply-built schools. Because ultimately that’s a waste of time and money. 

5. We want our school to be a centre of excellence, a demonstration site to show what’s possible even in a seemingly impossible environment. A demonstration to the world, but most importantly to the other stakeholders and partners in the area (Eastern Uganda) so that our successes can be shared and be an inspiration to others.

6. We want to do things in a new way, not follow old ideas which have dubious long term impact. We want to look at the cutting edge of education around the world and see what can work for us here. That means building a school environment which can give us the creative space we need to achieve fun, relevant and contemporary learning.

7. We want our slum kids to be on a level playing field with other children around the world, with the same educational opportunities… so they can have the best chance to lift up their families and community in the future. We want them to feel part of the global community, not outsiders with no chance of ever finding a ‘way in’.

 

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