Hornby High School

Uganda is one of the least developed countries in the world, making poverty an every day serious reality. For many people this situation is further exacerbated by diseases causing eye problems and poor eyesight, like cataracts. This has created a significant blind population, estimated to be over 300,000 (UNAB), exposing many to discrimination, marginalisation and stigmatisation. With one of the world’s youngest populations, with almost 50% of the population aged 14 years or younger (CIA), the education of Uganda’s youth is critical to the future development prospects of the country. Yet, for blind children, coupled with living in a country rife with poverty, prospects are restricted.

Student using a braille machine

Afrinspire supports Hornby High School (SEC) Braille Class, to provide educational facilities and continued basic needs and care to a class of 20 blind children, through the provision of school materials, Braille equipment, white walking canes, uniforms and meals. Hornby High School (SEC) in the Kabale district of Uganda, was founded in 1923 and the school’s Braille Class was opened in 1969 by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, with only four students at primary level. In 1992 it was promoted to secondary school level. Currently the class has 12 girls and 8 boys across all levels of secondary education, with the students attending from several districts of Uganda, and even neighbouring countries. Hornby High School’s Braille Class has been recognised as one of the most successful Braille Classes in Uganda, mostly due to its dedicated staff.