To provide children with the prospect of independent living, good education is very important. That is why two schools have been realised on our campus in Uganda. The teachers are all Ugandans. The students are taught in English, the official language for schools in Uganda. In addition, the primary school also teaches 'Luganda', the language spoken in central Uganda.
In 1993 the Samaritan Primary School was built and opened. The primary school consists of seven classes. Because the children come from different areas where different languages are spoken and because some arrive with learning gaps, the groups are divided by ability and not by age. Through national examinations at the end of each school season, the children continue to the next year. After completing the primary school, the children can move on to our secondary and vocational school.
Secondary & Vocational School
In the year 2000, the Secondary and Vocational School was founded. This school includes 4 years of 'ordinary level', and 2 years of 'advanced level'. Both levels are completed with a formal national exam. In addition to the theoretical courses, each student is taught one vocational course of choice for three years. This combination of theoretical and vocational education was unique in its design. Nowadays, more Ugandan schools have implemented this concept. The optional courses that we offer are: carpentry, bricklaying, tailoring, electrical & solar technology and catering & hotel management.
Vocational education offers much broader opportunities on the Ugandan labour market than theoretical education. After secondary school we usually sponsor higher education for two or three years. The sponsoring programme stops after obtaining the first diploma that offers good opportunities on the labour market, unless the sponsor is willing to finance higher education. In that case, the students will live and learn at other schools in the region, but they can still come 'home' to our campus.