Our three boarding schools in Pader, Kitgum and Nwoya provide quality education to vulnerable girls who do not otherwise have access to school. These girls may be excluded because they have a baby, are orphans, refugees or have families living in extreme poverty.
boarding schools, one for students with babies
girls enrolled at Kworo High School in 2023
secondary school graduates to date
Creating pathways for thousands of girls to stay in school.
Children living in poverty face many barriers to education, but the stakes are especially high for girls. Recent data indicates that only 54% of primary-aged girls in Uganda complete their primary education, for reasons related to poverty, early marriage or social stigmas.
The Nwoya campus provides a specific program for students with babies. The curriculum is suited to the routine and grade level of these students and includes childcare facilities, so that mothers can leave their babies while they learn.
The Te-Kworo Vocational Training Program equips and empowers girls to start small businesses in tailoring or hairdressing, or to become skilled to find employment when higher education is not possible. These livelihood opportunities help protect girls from early marriage and exploitation.
‘I was stranded at home with no other option left… but I still wanted to study. I want to go further ahead and to be somebody. I want to be a teacher or a nurse, to be responsible for other women.’
How can you help?
Demand for places at Kworo High School is growing rapidly. In the past year, attendance has more than doubled.
While some families can afford to contribute to their daughters’ education, most cannot.
Your support sends more girls to school by funding the following areas:
Scholarships: While the schools can accommodate up to 800 girls, attendance is limited by an inability to afford school fees. Scholarships overcome this barrier.
Internet and computers: The national curriculum requires all students to access the internet and use a computer. However, internet capacity is limited at the schools and more than 600 students share a small number of laptops.
Resources: Food, accommodation (beds and chairs) and teaching staff.
Power: National power in northern Uganda is unreliable and therefore generators or solar power is required. The Pader and Kitgum schools have access to national power, however the Nwoya school has no power source at all.