Local school children

Afrinspire provides essential support to schools struggling with a lack of resources and large class sizes.

What we do

Afrinspire actively supports a scholarship programme, mainly directed towards children in primary and secondary schools.

One major project has been the Development Studies Centre (DSC) at Mbarara, Uganda, built together with our African partner, the Agency for Integrated Development and Training Services (AIDTS).

The DSC has training facilities, a library and computer centre, and accommodation for people attending courses and conferences. It is used by local professional groups such as lawyers and doctors, by the local student population and by course delegates. The DSC has also distributed books to stock Ugandan school libraries.

Catherine's Story

“Working in Uganda has given me a great insight into a different culture and its education system, the struggles they have with large class sizes, language barriers and their teaching styles.

"I have not only been able to see the differences between the two cultures (English and Ugandan) but it also provided me with an opportunity to use this cross-cultural experience within the UK classroom to develop children’s awareness of other cultures"


A visitor’s story: through the eyes of Catherine Gooch

Catherine Gooch arranged a visit to Uganda through Afrinspire. She reports:

"I spent two weeks in Uganda living with a family in Mbarara, teaching  a number of different classes including English, Mathematics, and Science in seven local schools that Afrinspire has links with. I also had the opportunity to talk with the students, answering their many interesting questions about the Western World.

“Staying with a family gave me a great opportunity to connect with the culture and way of life of people in Uganda. They had three children living at home, so I was able to see children both in an educational setting and outside of school, gaining an understanding of their daily routines.

“The schools I worked at were both in Mbarara town and in rural areas, therefore I was able to see a range of “classes” of schools. As you have to pay for your education in Uganda (unless you attend a government primary school) there are schools that are well supported by families. However, as you move into the villages, you find schools that have much less funding and support.

"Straight away I could see the difference, for example in terms of resources, class sizes (some had over 90 students in a class) and the children’s grasp of English. In one rural primary school, a Primary 7 class (year 6) had children ranging from 11-17 years old. This was due to the fact that this school had now become government-funded and so primary education was now free. This meant that children who could not afford to enroll at school before could do so now and therefore the year 1 intake consisted of pupils of many different ages. However, there was a hugely obvious distinction between the Ugandan high class schools and the schools you see in England.

What you can do

- A guardian can feed, clothe and send a child to primary school for just £6.50 a month.

- For £12 a month, a child could go to secondary school.

Visit our donations or fundraising pages to see how you could help