Foundation First is dedicated to building schools and providing education in rural villages worldwide. We believe education is essential for providing opportunity and lifting communities out of poverty. Our goal is to have each school be self sufficient within 6 years of construction. Our curriculum follows the local ministry of education, and includes: English, health, math, social studies, science, music, physical education, history, and agriculture.
Within 3 years, we constructed and operate the Good Grace Primary School in Kacerere, Uganda. A community so remote, it is often not found on a map. The school is equivalent to Pre K through 7 in the United States. Our first year in operation, we educated 180 children. Year two 240, year three 280. We are projecting the figures to continue to rise. Education is the only way to combat extreme poverty, and a child can make better for themselves, family, and community with an education.
Almost half of the population of Uganda is under the age of 14, according to a 2011 survey, and of those between 5 and 15, more than 30% are forced to work. The current education system focuses a lot of attention on repetition and memorization of information needed to pass state exams. Many families continue to struggle to meet the financial needs of an education. We believe that educating the future generations is key to Uganda's economic stability and the continued improvement of living conditions for its citizens. Our goal is to encourage the continued education of our students and to provide the facilities to make this happen.
End The Cycle
Public spending on education was only 5.2% of the GDP between 2002 and 2005. The literacy rate for youths 15 to 24 years old hovers around 83%. But the ability to read and write is not enough. Secondary school enrollment rates are below 30%, for both men and women. 60,000 to 70,000 students per year are qualified to go on to secondary schooling. However, at most 25,000 will be accepted into the limited number of institutions providing it. Without continued education most primary school graduates do not raise their standard of living very far.
Government schools are available to the public. However, due to lack of funding, many students go to school without school supplies. Furthermore, students themselves are not meeting criteria to pass to the next level. This can be due to high enrollment rates, lack of funding and staffing.