Brick-making in Uganda
Our non-governmental partner in Uganda is PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)
They build excellent quality High Schools and run them as self-financing businesses on-going. They charge low fees for the first year of the school’s existence and then the Ugandan Government subsidises the school so that students can attend for no-fees (USE = Ugandan Subsidised Education).
As the PEAS Schools have to charge reduced fees in the first 12 months, the organisation has come up with a clever way to make access to education more inclusive for the children of poverty-stricken families nearby. This was especially prevalent at Pioneer High School in Mityana where a high percentage of children living near the school were in orphanages.
Once the land has been acquired and planning permission achieved, PEAS install brick-making machines and invite local children whose families can’t afford school fees to make bricks which are used in the construction of the schools buildings. This reduces the cost of materials for the school but more importantly, the cash that would have been used to buy bricks is used to give the children an education at the school.
Over 35 children have achieved a full time formal education in this way and will be moving on to decent careers as a result.
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