Areas of work

This project helps children who’s families cannot afford a primary education

Pupils learning at Primer School

Primary school education is free in Uganda, however the reality is that there is not nearly enough funding to support this. Recent figures suggest that government spending only covers about 1% of the average school fee’s per student, which means that the schools are forced to set school fees or the community must pick up the slack. This is particularly bad in rural areas where there are heartbreaking levels of school drop outs at primary level.

Primer Junior School is based in one of the many sub-parishes that surround Masaka called Kijjabwemi. It caters for families who often struggle to find money for school fee’s, living pay check to pay check or off small hold farm areas. Of the 155 pupils who attend the school, 60 pupils are fully supported with school fee’s. In 2019, The Uganda Marathon runners supported Primer by launching a poultry project that goes a long way to sustainably funding the education of these 60 children.

But now, Primer’s reputation has grown and with it the demand of the students wanting to attend. For 2020, we need you to help support Primer to achieving sustainable scholarships for an additional 36 pupils.

2020 Goals for Primer Junior Day and Boarding School

  1. Double the school’s current boarding capacity by the end of 2020
  2. 96 students sponsored through the school’s own sustainability model by the end of 2021

How your fundraising will help us achieve these goals

 The chickens, funded by previous Uganda Marathon runners, are doing well

The plan that Primer have put forward is straightforward – they require a 50 bed dormitory to be built on their school premises.

With your support, this dormitory can be achieved and this will allow the school to double their boarding section. Having boarding students increases the school’s earnings tenfold and allows for them to support locally deprived day schoolers.

Your Legacy Day During the Uganda Marathon Week

Key hole gardens are a simple but extremely effective way of using small hold plots of land to grow vegetables, greens and other produce. For a number of years, The Uganda Marathon has been building these key hole garden out of upcycled plastic waste, which makes them highly cost-effective and a great use for old plastic.

Over the legacy day, you will be building key hole gardens to serve two purposes:

  1. To supplement the school pupil’s diet with nutritious foods.
  2. To grow speciality chicken feed that will be used for the growing poultry project.

Legacy day activities are subject to change at any time, this is not a final plan.