Early in the development of the Luwero project the need to provide good education for the many children and young people in the area was deemed a necessity. The project has established both a primary and secondary school together with the recent addition of a vocational skills facility.
Luwero primary school’s mission statement is ‘To produce an all-round child’.
The school provides education for up to 700 children in nursery and Primary 1 to 7 classes. Currently Deborah, Gabriel’s wife, is Head Teacher and is supported by 16 members of staff. In order to attract and retain staff housing is provided for teachers at Luwero. Numbers of pupils attending the school varies from term to term largely as a reflection of the parent’s ability to pay school fees.
Four classroom blocks each having three or four classrooms have been constructed. Some rooms are used as staff rooms or a library. The school is now fully registered and approved by the Ugandan Education Authority and is licensed to hold national exams.
Since the school operates as a private school payment must be made for children receiving education. No financial help is provided by the government. Some families pay for their children. Others, unable to pay for their education, are provided for under a child sponsorship scheme run by LCP in the UK. About 110 children are catered for under this scheme. Sponsors are mainly UK based but a number are also sponsored by German friends working with us. Details of the child sponsorship scheme are available in the ‘Support’ section of the website.
Two dormitory blocks have been constructed to accommodate approximately 150 primary school boarders and in addition a school kitchen and dining room accommodating 200 children has been built. All pupils attending school have breakfast and lunch each day.
The academic year in Uganda runs from February to November and children are put into classes according to their academic ability. Children do not progress from one academic year to the next until they have passed the appropriate exams.
Luwero Brilliant High School was developed to meet the ongoing needs for local children following completion of their primary school education. Construction of the first secondary school block was completed in early 2011 accommodating S1 and S2 pupils. Since then a 3-storey classroom block and a single story assembly hall each incorporating administration and ancillary facilities have been added at the secondary school complex.
The school now provides S1 to S6 education. The current roll is approximately 200 pupils with 17 members of full and part-time staff. The school has a potential capacity for up to 700 pupils. Again some pupils attend the school under the child sponsorship scheme.
Staff housing has been constructed to accommodate staff locally. Currently under construction are separate boys and girls dormitory blocks. At present approximately 120 pupils are boarders. A borehole approximately 200 feet deep has been drilled which provides a plentiful supply of water. Large water storage tanks both above and below ground act as water storage facilities. They capture rainwater from the roofs of buildings and shortages are supplemented from the well.