Our first school in Northern Uganda, Nahla Nursery and Primary School, has 400 students enrolled and offers education free of charge. We hire and pay the teachers, and make sure the quality of education is high.
We are focused on creating sustainable schools, that we can one day hand over to the community to run. We are working on developing sustainability plans that will make this possible.
WHY NORTHERN UGANDA?
In the 1990’s to the early 2000's there was fighting in Northern Uganda, between LRA rebels and the government. People were forced to go into refugee camps, schools and churches were destroyed, many were killed, and they lost their main source of income: agriculture and livestock. Now that there is peace, people have been returning to their homes and are in the process of rebuilding their lives.
Northern Uganda is currently the most impoverished region of Uganda. The majority of villagers are farmers, and the average local income is as low as $28 per month, less than $1 per day.
Our hope is that access to quality education will empower them to lift their region out of poverty.
WHY PRIMARY EDUCATION?
While access to primary education has been increasing across Sub-Saharan Africa, many areas in Northern Uganda have been left behind and children still lack access to quality education.
Some of the challenges they face are:
DISTANCE: Students have to walk several hours to get to school
CONSISTENCY: Teachers are often absent (20-30%) and a high number of students drop out (33%)
QUALITY: The quality of primary education in Uganda remains low, with low literacy rates
This is a great place to add a tagline.
Our founder is from Northern Uganda and we believe in locally-led development. Our goal is to use quality primary education to empower youth to bring themselves and their communities out of poverty.
When enrollment rates increase and children access quality education, we hope to see:
A Reduction in Early Marriages and Pregnancies
Better Health Outcomes including Lower Rates of HIV