Active 2006-2014

During two decades of war in northern Uganda, schools had been occupied, damaged and displaced. Consequently, many lacked basic necessities such as permanent classrooms and sanitation systems. The damage of the conflict was not limited to infrastructure as teaching and learning had not been allowed to flourish within the region. The development of the curriculum, career guidance and teacher training was also severely limited.

About the program

The Schools for Schools program was founded in 2006 to build and renovate school structures in northern Uganda and improve the school’s educational climate through curriculum development and teacher and student trainings. The program worked directly with 11 secondary schools that had been affected by the LRA. A total of 154 structures were constructed or refurbished as part of the program, including construction of 44 new classrooms. In addition to these infrastructure projects, Schools for Schools sought to improving the schools’ educational climate through extracurricular activities, career guidance and training for teachers and students.


11 partner schools

154 construction projects completed

9,300 students currently benefitting from Schools for Schools

Community involvement

The Schools for Schools program used grassroots principles, engaging community involvement on all decisions concerning how funds were spent at each of our 11 partner schools. Through pre-existing and locally facilitated School Development Committees, those benefiting directly from the implementation projects—students, teachers, parents, members of the administration, and the Board of Governors, as well as local government officials—sat and discussed what they felt was needed at a school to improve its teaching and learning environment.

One of the most important decisions Invisible Children ever made was deciding which Ugandan secondary schools to partner with. After developing extensive selection criteria, 11 existing institutions that showed potential for change and improvement were chosen. Four of the 11 schools served populations that had been displaced by the LRA conflict for years, with one school, Awere, serving a population that had been displaced for a decade and a half. Through the establishment of essential infrastructure, the Schools for Schools program helped each of these four institutions return to their original school sites.

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