Kigarama High School, Sheema, Uganda

This is the fifth Costa Foundation funded PEAS school in Uganda. PEAS launch and run high schools in areas of extreme need, where at least 250 children are leaving primary school every year with nowhere to continue their education.

The school is situated in Sheema District; 33 kms (20 miles) north of Mbarara and 290 kms (180 miles) west of Kampala. Sheema District consists of nine sub-counties and three town councils and has a population of 22,300 with 91.4% being rural and 56.3% being under the age of 18. The major economic activities include semi-intensive agriculture and fishing. The most widely grown crops in the district are coffee, tea, pineapples and matoke.

Initially the school was provided with 6 classrooms, an admin block, two boarding blocks, sanitation and water but the enrolment at this school is the highest ever recorded in a PEAS school with 611 students joining in the first few weeks. The Costa Foundation immediately invested more funds into the school which resulted in the construction of a further 6 classrooms, two more boarding blocks and additional sanitation.

Before the school was built there was just one high school in Kigarama sub-county leaving 381 children graduating primary school with nowhere to continue their education. This is a success story within the region and during a recent visit by a Costa Foundation Trustee it was clear to see that the new school is much loved by the community, children and teachers.

Click here for a thank you speech from one of the students

Click here for a video of the school revisit in 2016


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