The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Abraham Lincoln -
Why private school? Isn't public school free?
In 1997 the Ugandan government introduced universal primary education so that all children would be able to attend primary school for free. Unfortunately, there are not always enough place for all the children which result in classes having well over one hundred students, with very little in the way of facilities. They are presided over by demotivated and over-worked teachers. This takes a real toll on the quality of the education in many schools.
It doesn't stop there. Even if it is supposed to be free, there are usually different school requirements. This can be brooms, school books, pencils and similar equipment, uniform, black shoes and so on. Each child must turn up at the gates with everything asked of them, or else risk being sent back home.
Link Child Foundation Primary School
Our school is for everyone - both rich and poor. Close to 50% of our children are from the slum areas, and the remaining 50% are from middle-class families who can afford to pay school fees. We want the children to grow up with the understanding that they are as much worth and can reach as far as those who come from richer or poorer families or surroundings. In addition, it is a sustainable solution because those who can afford to pay school fees contribute to the salary of our well-educated teachers.
Every Wednesday the students get an hour of "life skills". We believe in starting with the younger generation to bring up tomorrow's leaders. Education is also key to reducing, and perhaps even eradicate poverty in the world. Providing education to children gives them a foundation they can build on for the rest of their lives.
The Ugandan school year starts in February and finishes in December. The first term runs from February to April, the second term from May until early August, and the third term from September to December.