Build a School
Through our Build a School programme we carry out teacher training, build classrooms, develop infrastructure, provide books, desks and other supplies, and develop school governance capacity.
The introduction of free primary education in both Kenya and Uganda some years ago resulted in massive increases in enrolment. However, as this was not matched by an increase in resources, the majority of poor children in Kenya and Uganda still cannot access a decent education. Children who are lucky enough not to be sent out to work attend overcrowded and poorly managed schools, and must grapple with teacher shortages, poor teaching, absenteeism and a lack of learning materials. This results in 3 out of 4 pupils dropping out before completing primary school and only 20% achieving recommended competency levels in literacy and numeracy.
What We Do
We believe that quality education will only be achieved when parents are involved. Build Africa works with parents, children, teachers and government education staff to identify the key problems each school faces and prepare a 3 year 'School Development Plan'. We then work with the school, the parents and government staff to implement the plan and transform the school by:
- improving infrastructure;
- continuing to increase parental involvement;
- improving standards of teaching and learning;
- strengthening school management; and
- increasing gender and HIV/AIDS awareness.
By working together, the schools have seen a dramatic rise in attendance and in the number of pupils able to go to secondary school, increasing their chances of a brighter future. See the difference your support could make!
Our aim is not just to support the schools, but to develop a model which can continue working without us.
Choosing a School to Support
For more information about the schools we currently work with and those awaiting financial support, please visit either our Kenya or Uganda map pages. For information on other areas of our work, please visit our Water, Health, Food Security, HIV/AIDS, and Sanitation pages You can also see the difference you could make by visiting our build a school page.