Mirembe Progressive School - Zirobwe​​​​  
Founded  in 2000





MISSION:  To transform the community to become productive and resourceful through education
MOTTO:  Strive for victory
VISION:  To bethe leading community school offering all round education to vulnerable children, nurture their potential to make education a priority in order to become self-dependant citizens
  
OBJECTIVES:
  1. Provide quality and affordable education in Luweero District
  2. To provide a safe and secure environment for learners in Luweero District
  3. To address the issue of school drop outs in Luweero district
  4. To equip learners with life skills and entrepreneurship education in Luweero District
  5. To uplift the economic status of the community  

CORE VALUES
  1. Discipline
  2. Transparency
  3. Accountability
  4. Team work
  5. Community participation
 
SCHOOL NEEDS






  



HISTORY
Luweero district in Uganda was badly hit by the bush war in the 1980’s therefore leaving many orphans and vulnerable children who currently live with grandparents and child headed families. The area was also vastly affected by HIV/AIDS leaving most families too poor to earn a living.

This led to many children to not go to school because their parents or guardians cannot afford to pay school fees and other scholastic materials. Though the government introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) for all school going children it has no capacity to cater for the big growing population. UPE teachers are underpaid or not paid for months, and are therefore not motivated

The lack of child friendly teaching and discipline methods in primary schools, unpaid teachers has led to high school dropout rates. Teachers in rural areas of Uganda are even more likely to be less qualified and less motivated than their peers in urban schools where there is better access to resources.

The impact of good quality learning in a child’s early years is undeniable. Studies demonstrate that early year’s education does not only facilitate the progression of children through the education system but it also strengthens their position on the labour market, their productivity and their future income generation capacity. Children who are well supported with early years learning continue to outperform their peers at school with the benefits of this support seen well into adulthood. Yet, according to UNESCO, only 14% of children in Uganda enroll in ECD classes. For the majority of children parents are their first educator, but only 25% of Ugandan parents actively support learning at home

Based on all these issues, Mirembe Progressive School was founded by concerned parents. The parents wanted to introduce an alternative education that is child centered, includes lunch for children, and has small class sizes, This would give more leverage to our rural children to compete with urban children who are rated on the same scale when it comes to National Exams.  

GROWTH and SUSTAINABILITY PLAN of the SCHOOL
  1. Raise money to start up income generating projects for its sustainability [e.g. growing crops like maize, beans, cassava, potatoes, which could help in feeding pupils, poultry, dairy, farming, piggery would supplement on paying teachers’ salaries and improving the nutrition status of learners.
  2. Employ more people in the community
  3.  Start a school farm to grow crops like maize, beans, cassava in order to reduce on the cost of buying food
  4.   Put solar panels to get a source of light because sunshine is in abundance throughout the year
    • will not incur costs on hydro power which is too expensive and unstable
    •  kerosene is also expensive and dangerous to children’s health when used in the small lamps that bring out smoke.
  5.   Harvest rain water to reduce on the cost of tap water
  6.   Use bio gas to reduce on the cost of buying firewood used to prepare children’s meals.
  7.   Set up a technical institution in future for the children cannot afford to join secondary after completion of primary level due to lack of school fees, the technical institution would help equip the children with skills that would help them live productive lives.
  8. Set up staff quarters
  9.  Build dormitories
  10.   Build a school clinic with a full time nurse to treat the pupils and teachers to be available all the time for children. This will save more money which would have been spent on rent of houses
  11. Empower the community by sensitizing them on improved agricultural practices in order to improve on their yields so that they sell the surplus to have a source of income, more so others will be trained in making crafts so that they sell them to earn income using locally available materials like papyrus fibers, palm leaves, banana fibres among others.
  Trustlines collaborates  with recipients and provides technical assistance to help them attain self-sufficiency 
Donors for This Project
UP-FRONT Real Estate - Certified Independent Appraisals, Lebanon, CT
Individuals
Desks & benches
Library books
Educational posters
Textbooks
Reading material
Copier
Printer
Laptop
Computer
Computer lab
Tuition subidies/scholarships
Safe water - water harvesting
Solar panels 
School garden
Seeds and seedlings
School kitchen
Child learning  Center
Child play materials
Playground  

 A poster in the school office

 CHALLENGES

  • Overwhelming number of vulnerable children who seek sponsorship 
  • Untimely or unpaid school fees  
  • Lack of steady income for parents and guardians. Children drop out of school 
  • Needs houses for teachers
  • Need dormitories for boys and girls 
  • No electricityfor students to study during night preps 
  • Inadequate  furniture for  pupils 
  • Using incomplete structures - need doors, floor, windows, plaster,and paint
  • Not enough textbooks
  • No library 
  • No computers lab. Children need computer skills  for secondary
  • No water
 ACHIEVEMENTS

For pre-schoolers  to  seventh grade (ages 4-13 years)
  • Grown from 7 to 300 pupils to date 
  • Best performing school in the Primary leaving examinations (PLE) in Zirobwe Sub-county in 2016
  • Moved from renting to its own site 
  • Community contributions, fundraising and school fees enabled it to acquire its own land 4 acres where its located
  • Leases another10 acres where it plans to set up a school to feed students.
  • Employs residents to fight unemployment.
  • Empowers women - 75% women staff  

Current school kitchen for 700 students

 A kindergarten classroom

The subcounty  2016 top performer came   from us!

 Growing school food will save money  & employ  residents 

Buildings are used while still under construction 

Some classrooms still need furniture - desks & chairs

More educational posters are needed

Unfinished rooms are used and desks are crowded

A promising future for the nation

Tuition subidies for orphans  & other low  income children

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