Room to Learn

Building new classrooms for a Ugandan primary school burnt down 20 years ago in a terrorist insurgency
Reduce the average class from 130 to 87

4 July 2022

Bughungu Primary School is in a small village in Kanyatsi parish, in western Uganda, only a few miles from the border with DRC (the Democratic Republic of Congo). Between 1997 and 2002 the school was affected by the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) insurgencies - the families were displaced and the school structures burnt to ashes.

 

Twenty years have passed without the school being affected by further conflict. Today the school is managing with only six classrooms for 780 pupils - 401 girls and 379 boys. It is seeking to build three more classrooms and an office, thereby reducing the average class size from 130 to 87. There are teachers already in place, funded by the Ugandan government, but they have no rooms in which to teach, so they currently assist the other teachers.

 

As their school year begins in February, it would make sense to have the new rooms ready by then.

 

The project is supported by Mr Muke Jovenal, a Government Representative who monitors schools in his sub-county, and also by the school management committee and the local community. The proposed site is on land that the school owns.

 

Ms Teddy Ithungu, deputy head, is acting project manager, working with a local builder who is ready to start. Teddy has experience in managing development projects at two other local schools. She confirmed that there is an adequate supply of labour, some paid but also some voluntary – from parents, community leaders, etc. To build all four rooms would take about 3 months to complete, but hopefully if we were to build just one it would take less time. They would like it finished by December 2022.

 

We have decided to support this project, and will need to raise at least £4,400 to build each room. We hope to be able to build at least one room for their next school year, which means we need to try to raise the funds by the end of this September.

Matched funding

A great start to our campaign has come in the form of a promise of matched funding up to £1,000. This means that for every £1 you give we will receive £2.

Overcrowded classes at Bughungu
Overcrowded classes at Bughungu

Currently the school copes with an average class size of 130.

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Coping with overcrowded classes
Coping with overcrowded classes

Help us reduce the average class size from 130 to 87.

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Overcrowded classes at Bughungu
Overcrowded classes at Bughungu

Currently the school copes with an average class size of 130.

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