We have been fundraising to build and operate our own secondary school in Uganda – and now that construction work has started, we plan to open the school in February 2020. As with our first school, it will provide totally free education and social support for the poorest children from the local slum.
Having our own secondary school will allow our pupils to complete their education at the same high standard we have reached in our nursery and primary school. A huge thanks goes to the grant-making organisations, churches, companies and individuals who have been extremely generous in providing the funds we needed to proceed.
Currently, Child of Hope continues to support our Primary School leavers as they pass through their secondary education. That support is much more than the cost of fees, uniforms and scholastic materials, since individuals continue to live disadvantaged home lives in the slum. It therefore also includes a mid-day meal back at COH school Monday to Friday where our welfare team staff can talk to students, check attendance and offer help and advice.
They also receive home visits and medical treatment as needed, plus full care for those who are homeless in foster families.
We also provide them with 2-week programmes in the holidays to support development of personal and social skills, as well as study skills where we employ secondary school teachers to give specialist revision classes.
Since our first older children left our school and moved up to local secondary schools, there have been concerns about a marked deterioration in their learning and behaviour, despite our efforts. And lately, there has been a growing number of teachers’ strikes in Ugandan state secondary schools, which is also having a serious negative impact on pupils’ learning and opportunity to achieve a better future life.
So, our own secondary school will allow us to provide a consistently high level of education and social support.
This 1-minute video shows the construction site, bang on schedule for the school to open in February. Nearly there...