Global Backpack Project

Global Backpack Project's mission is to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Aug 4, 2014

The State of Education in Uganda

Spelling Bee Uganda
Spelling Bee Uganda

Thank you for your continued support of girls and boys at the Bwetyaaba Primary School. It is making an indelible difference in the life of hundreds of children eager to learn.  

A 2013 report published by the World Bank indicated that "Uganda has made strong progress on poverty reduction, school enrollment and child survival, but the quality of health and education services has not kept pace.

Some of the challenges schools are facing include teacher absenteeism, lack of basic infrastructure, and limited access to textbooks. Only 40% of primary classrooms had teachers present - this is in part due to teachers not being paid and taking on other employment to make ends meet. Computers are practically non-existent in the classroom and many schools lack access to viable electricity. Textbooks are also missing in the classrooms, roughly "14% of Primary 4 classes surveyed used textbooks during English and Mathematics classes."

Despite the challenges, children are eager to attend school and learn. In an article published by the BBC News titled Tackling Uganda's lack of school places, "...There's no shortage of energy or ambition among the children. In spartan classrooms, they describe what they want for their future. There are would-be doctors, lawyers and engineers.

There are many efforts being launched to promote and support education in Uganda. Recently, through a partnership between USAID-Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and Peace Corps Uganda, the first ever Language Spelling Bee competition was introduced in "6 different languages in districts throughout the country." All primary schools were invited to participate. A great way to get communities involved in boosting education! 

We look forward to sharing more information about our project as well as the latest on education in Uganda. 

And be sure to check out our upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Backpack Run, benefiting homeless and vulnerable children by providing backpacks and school supplies. 

Backpack Run 2013
Backpack Run 2013
Jun 25, 2014

Help children start school on the right foot.

Backpack Run
Backpack Run

Greeting from Global Backpack Project.

Summertime is here! What are your plans for these next few months? Here at Global Backpack Project we are busy planning our third annual Backpack Run which will take place on August 17th at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon. Through the Backpack Run, we seek to engage, inspire, and have fun! This community event benefits homeless and vulnerable girls and boys by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the tools they need to succeed.

With a new location this year, we are pleased to offer a timed 5K run/walk event as well as a 1 mile kids challenge and a 1/2 mile kids dash. Enjoy music, activities for the kids, and food and drinks - fun for the whole family!  More information and complete event details are available by visiting the GBP website.


Where: Cook Park, Tigard
When: Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Who: All are welcome! Run or walk at your own pace to put a smile on a child’s face.
Why: To help kids start school on the right foot. To deliver new backpacks and supplies to at-risk children and youth.

7:30am Packet pick-up
9:00am 5K Timed Run/Walk
10:00am One Mile Kids Challenge
10:20am 1/2 Mile Kids Dash
10:30am Prizes and Awards

Music, face painting, food and drinks, beautiful wooded race route.

$25 – Early bird rate through July 15, 2014
$30 – July 16 through August 16th at 11:59pm

$18 - Through August 16th at 11:59pm

First 300 5K registrants will receive a canvas tote bag. Please register early.

1 Mile and ½ Mile participants will receive a race t-shirt (youth size) on race day.


Mar 24, 2014

Bwetyaaba Primary School Gets a Special Delivery

Thanks to your continued support, the girls and boys attending Bwetyaaba Primary School received new backpacks and school supplies to successfully start the school year.  In Uganda, the school year starts in February and ends in December.  Many children are eager to have the opportunity to go to school and learn. As you can see on the pictures, the smiling faces of the kids receiving the backpacks and school supplies is very telling.  "The children were very excited and joyful", says Stephen Ssemutumba, Executive Director of BUVAD.  With 90% of the students at the school orphaned or vulnerable youth, buying a backpack or school supplies is simply not feasible. By supporting GBP, you are positively and directly making a difference in these children's lives and providing them with a chance for a better future.

GBP has partnered with Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD) for three years to support the education of the school's 670 students. It has been an extremely effective partnership and has led to the development of a pen pal exchange program with Bwetyaaba students and the the GBP junior volunteers. We look forward to continuing this partnership and invite you to email us with any questions.


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