BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Bridge High School, Mitooma, Uganda
This is the sixth Costa Foundation funded PEAS school in Uganda; a country where just one in four children enrols in secondary education due to a severe lack of affordable secondary schools.
The school is located in Bushenyi District in south west Uganda some 322 kms (200 miles) west of Kampala. Bushenyi District consists of nine sub-counties and has a population of 242,000 of which a staggering 60% are under the age of 18. The district has the tenth highest area under coffee with approx. 7,600 hectares with secondary crops such as matoke, pineapples and tea being widely grown in the area.
Lying within the Nyabubaare sub-county, the school will not be short of students keen to acquire a secondary education as the sub-county performs well at primary level with students getting good grades but struggling to find a secondary school nearby.
To emphasise this point; there are 131 primary schools in the district but just 11 secondary schools. While there is huge support for education, early marriage is still an issue which prevents girls from getting a secondary education. The gender awareness extracurricular activities held at the school will undoubtedly improve this situation over the coming years.
The school has been provided with 5 classrooms, an admin block and two boarding blocks along with fresh water on the site.
A recent visit from a Costa Foundation trustee gave a clear impression that the school will be well attended and that the local communities are pleased to have new facilities for their children.
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