This video was produced by Light up Uganda, to make a profile of our partner ‘Bright Junior Primary School’. We got to know Rebecca early 2016. She runs Bright Junior Primary School in a small rural village within Jinja district. Her school serves about 400 children within the community, but because of environmental challenges and the families going through poverty in terms of finances, the school is facing many struggles.

As Light up Uganda we’re facilitating opportunities for the school to develop itself. While we’re getting to know more about the families and their situation, we’re working on the creation of a program that will support the chain of involvement; we’ll start by providing support for the families, so that children are able to go to school, and when school fees are paid teachers are able to earn and maintain their jobs at the school, so that the school can grow it’s facilities.

The implementation of this project is planned for 2018. Until then, we seek to connect the schools to sponsors, volunteers and other contributors who can make a change for the school. Also, a fundraiser will take place in July 2017, to raise funds to improve the school structures and learning materials.

Read more of Rebecca’s story below:

Women are often seen as properties to their husbands. They are being commanded, they are dependent, and they are not empowered to make their own choices or decisions. About 10 years ago, I was depending on a government job, until at some point I realized that I would have nothing if I would lose my job, and also depending on my husband was no option for me. I decided that I wanted to be an independent woman, and to be a powerful example to fellow women. I fundraised money, bought a piece of land, and started to encourage something that was most important to me: education.

In 2007 I established Bright Junior Primary School, but only few people understood the concept of education by then. I managed to bring 50 children into my school, and I started mentoring them, until at some point also the parents were convinced that education was needed and valuable to the development of their children. More and more parents wanted their kids to be educated, and today I welcome 250 children every day into my school. I have the ambition to empower my students, to empower women in particular, and I have the ambition to become a real first-world school. And I know that one day I’ll get there and achieve my dreams.”