Nursery & primary school
This school provides free education for around 500 nursery children (ages 3-5) and primary children (ages 6-12) from the Namatala slum.
This school is not a temporary structure – unlike many charity-built African schools, lasting only a few years – this awesome building is a permanent facility to provide quality education for decades to come. It is extremely well-built.
We believe in introducing real change to the way that school learning is undertaken, through teaching methods such as Phonics - you can read more about that here.
Around 50 children are added to our programmes each year and start in baby class through middle class to top class (the equivalent of the English Pre-school system). The Primary School runs from P1 – P7 (the equivalent of the English Reception to Year 7 school years). When children leave the Primary school after P7, they can either move on to our Secondary School (if they pass their Primary Leaving Exam) or they can enter vocational training. With either option, we continue to support them through all our various programmes.
• Why is education so important for slum children? Read here.
• Would you like to help sponsor a child through education? Education sponsorship at just £15 per month, but you can pay for more if you wish!
• Or you could make a single donation to help us provide free education to the neediest childen.
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 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’.