SCHOOL DORMITORY UGANDA
PROBONO has been promoting school partnerships in Africa since 2004. This includes the Martyr’s Secondary School in the southern Uganda village of Buyoga. Founded in 1984, the school provides secondary school education for 424 students. 84 of these students currently live in makeshift dormitories. These rooms are urgently needed and it’s essential that they return to their original function as classrooms. The beds, some of which were built by the pupils themselves, are closely spaced and often shared by two students.
Girls in particular are traditionally bound by their families to a large extent into the house and field work. Hence, as extern pupils, they often have no time to study. When these girls live in a boarding school, performance levels improve and drop out numbers decrease. These facts lead us to support the construction of a boarding school building for 100 girls. We also support the offering of child protection workshops and improvement of the drinking water supply through the installation of rainwater tanks.
Promoting education, especially education for girls, is a crucial to fighting poverty in Uganda where half of the population is under 15.