HIBISCUS HIGH SCHOOL

Hibiscus High School, Ntungamo, Uganda

This is the first high school the Costa Foundation funded in partnership with PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools). PEAS is a UK based charity that builds and runs high schools in Uganda (see www.peas.org.uk).

Having built Mushasha Primary School in 2008, the Costa Foundation learnt that there were no high schools within a 40 km (24 mile) radius of the school and therefore it became a priority to build a new high school for the benefit not only of Mushasha but of 13 other feeder schools within the region.

Construction commenced in August 2010 and the school welcomed its first group of students in February 2011. This has been a very successful school with the number of students currently at 620. The initial project delivered 8 classrooms and two boarding house blocks but the subsequent growth in numbers of children attending has resulted in further investment from the Costa Foundation to install a further six classrooms, science laboratories and additional boarding accommodation.

Exam results have been encouraging and 2013 saw the first influx of students from Mushasha Primary School who had achieved top scores and were keen to continue their success at secondary school level.

The school is situated 400 km from Kampala in Western Uganda. Ntungamo region has a population of 447,000 of which 52% are women and more than 50% are under the age of 15. 82% of local employment is in agriculture of which coffee accounts for 65% of all cash crops. 90% of children in this region attend primary school but only 18.3% attend a secondary school due to lack of facilities within walking distance.

Click here for a video of the school revisit

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