Build a School
We believe that no child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment. With access to a good education, children can escape poverty.
How we support schools
Across rural Africa, many children have to choose between getting an education and being safe. Without classrooms, they are forced to study under trees, in all weather. They are exposed to the elements, distracted, and unable to learn. For those who do have some shelter, it is often unstable, with holes in the ceiling that let the rain in, leaving children cold and wet, and ruining their work.
These conditions can be so bad that children are forced to drop out of school.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 35 million primary age children are out of school.*
We're building safe and secure classrooms, so that children can focus on their learning, and their futures.
Brenda is from Uganda. She was forced to study in an unsafe classroom, which had holes in the roof.
"We would study under the trees or in unsafe classrooms. Since my school had almost no desks, it prevented many of us from concentrating in class."
Brenda and her classmates were exposed to the elements.
Intense sun, or violent rain, would disrupt lessons and make it impossible for children to learn.
Build Africa have built a classroom block with offices, staff rooms, a store and a library so children can learn in a safe and productive environment.
Spotlight on: Kaleu Primary School, Uganda
Welcome to Kaleu Primary School in Uganda. This is how the school looked on our very first visit there in 2010.
One of the students said: "Pupils were exposed to too much sunshine during teaching hours, since they were held under trees and semi-permanent grass-thatched classrooms. There were no desks. There was too much dodging of lessons because of the state of the school which looked poor."
Now, the school boasts seven classrooms, a kitchen, latrines, books and desks and a playground, so that children can stay happy and healthy while learning.
Here's how it looks now!