Ndeija High School
Ndeija High School, Mbara, Uganda
Mbara District is located in the western region of Uganda 267 km southwest of Kampala. Population of the district in 2010 was 457,800 of which a startling 55% are under the age of 18. This statistic highlights the dire need for secondary school facilities in this district.
30,000 people live in Ndeija with the vast majority of the population generating their income from subsistence farming, primarily coffee and bananas. There was only 1 government secondary school in this sub-county, attended by 250 students. Our research showed that 542 primary school leavers did not have access to secondary education in 2011.
The land for this school was donated by the Catholic Church and the terrain is extremely hilly, as shown in image 1. In order to build the structures the land had to be levelled by hand, an arduous task that has resulted in a school with some of the most beautiful views imaginable.
Ndeija High School was opened in November 2014 by the Vice President of Uganda. This has been a very successful school with enrollment numbers at capacity from day one. Due to its success the Costa Foundation has learnt that nearly 300 children will be unable to register at this school in 2015. As a result funds are now being released to build a further 4 classrooms, boys dormitory, girls dormitory and teachers accommodation. These facilities will be available for use in the Spring of 2015.
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