Combining agricultural based businesses with a practical education in a school in Uganda, students gain the skills needed to run their own businesses and break the cycle of poverty.
Many students at St Denis Makondo, a rural school in Uganda, are orphans due to HIV/AIDS. Families struggle with school fees for the education to pull them out of poverty.
Income from school businesses will provide all children with an education. Teaching entrepreneurial skills will give students knowledge to improve their own lives and those around them.
The headteacher’s vision is “to transform students into rural entrepreneurs despite their ability to pay, to eradicate poverty from Uganda”
Operating businesses like a dairy or piggery will end the school’s reliance on fees and sponsors. This enables the school to provide opportunities to students, offering them the market-driven skills needed to succeed in local business
In 2009, 250 secondary students will be directly empowered rising to 500 in 2014, with the school itself becoming self-sustainable. Skills learnt will be passed by students to the wider community and success achieved in long term poverty reduction.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).