Bambini in classe nella Scuola Elementare "Deborah Ricciu - Espandere Orizzonti" a Kibiri, Kampala (Uganda)

On the 23th of January 2017, the first school day at our compound in Kibiri (Kampala) began with a single Primary one –class. The schooling and educational program – entirely free of charge-  will last 7 years (according to the Ugandan National Program for Primary Education) and is focused on just one class made of 16-20 pupils, most of them orphans; these children will leave the school in 2024, at the age of 13-14.  It is a big commitment, a challenge for us, for the children and the parents alike (the few ones left).

Our goal is to educate our children so that in 2024, they will easily pass the admission tests at the best high schools of the Uganda and receive grants because of their grades and eventually move on to the job market with a sound background. We decide to focus on quality and not on quantity, contrary as many other Ugandan schools with classes made up of 80 or 100 pupils, squeezed in only to make money out of the school fees, to the detriment of the the real learning. We opted for didactic, learning and educational excellences, which are only possible with fewer pupils and more teachers for class. We shall not be able to help all African children, but the few who we do help will get the best! For that reason, it is for us of paramount importance to hire highly motivated Ugandan and European teachers, so that the pupils can get the best out of the two cultures.

Our education is secular and non-religious and focuses also a lot on manual activities, drama, games, traditional African dancing and music, playing and sport. The school also hosts a kindergarten  for 19 children:  one Baby Class (ages 2-4)  and one Top Class (ages 5-6), of course free of charge.