PIONEER HIGH SCHOOL

Pioneer High School, Mityana, Uganda

The second Costa Foundation funded PEAS school in Uganda; Pioneer High School is located in Namongo sub-county, Mityana District, a major coffee growing area in central Uganda.

The project started in September 2010 and was open in time for the start of the new school term in February 2011 when it enrolled 112 students. The numbers have now grown to 320 and further good news is that the school is meeting its gender equality targets with female enrolment now at 51%.

Of all the children enrolled at Pioneer, only 17% of their parents completed secondary school due to lack of school facilities; but thankfully now the secondary-educated population will be much higher for future generations.

The school has 8 classrooms, an administrative block, two boarding houses and a fresh water bore hole was installed at the beginning of the project to save the children a 4 km (2.5 mile) walk to the nearest well.

Mityana District is located 80 kms (49 miles) west of Kampala and approximately 350,000 people live in the district. Agriculture is the main source of income with coffee, bananas, cassava and cotton as the main crops.

The sub-county of Namongo has 11 primary schools and prior to the construction of Pioneer; many children in Namongo had to travel over 20 kms to attend an over-subscribed secondary school in an adjacent sub-county.

Click here for a video of the school revisit in 2016 

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