Bright Future Nursery and Primary School
The school aims to improve the well being of children in the Albert region, especially those who can’t afford to safely go to school. There are many reasons for these problems. The nearest government school is far away and it is not safe for the kids walking to it because Baboons attack the kids on their way to and from the school. There are no funds to transport the kids safely through the Baboon area. There is also the biases of African culture where girls have to remain home to work in the kitchen and boys have to look after the goats, cows and sheep at home. Due to the long walk to the nearest school few children of the village were able to attend school.
In 2013 the community formed the Mubaku Community Conservation Organization (MUCCO), a not for profit Community Based Organization (CBO). The community determine what the cost per student would be to each parent. Then in 2014 enough parents signed up to hire the first teacher and MUCCO was able to start the school. The first classes were held under a tree. Initially they had to stop enrollment at 73 Children as the school only had one teacher. In 2015 the school added two more teachers and was able to build a mud and stick shade structure.
Bright Future Primary School is seven years of education starting at age six. There are levels are referred to as Primary One to Primary Seven. With normal annual progression the children are thirteen when they graduate, but often students have to drop out for awhile, so it is not usually to find teenagers sitting in the classroom. At the end of Primary Seven student take their first major national exam called the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). PLEs have four subjects English Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
The children have a PE day each week where they play games and form teams to compete with each other. The students wear different colored shirts with their team animal on the back.
For more on the levels of eduction in Uganda go to https://www.theguardian.com/katine/2010/feb/08/education-system-explainer
In 2018 Mubaku Educational Foundation (MEF) was formed to raise funds for the school from donors in North America and Europe.
In 2014 the Mama Africa group purchased the land which enabled MUCCO to build the shade structure . The shade structure allows us to keep on teaching when the weather turns wet. But it does not block the noise from one classroom to another.
Our goal is to build a four room school house with black boards and desks for the students. MUCCO decided to build the school as they received the funds.
In 2016 a tourist helped MUCCO buy six acres to build a permanent structure and fields for the school. The land is about 600 Meters from the original location. Later in 2016 another tourist gave MUCCO enough money to create plans for the school and then build the foundations of the school. MUCCO projected it would be anywhere from five to ten years to raise the funds to build the first permanent building.
In 2018 MUCCO put in the foundations and the first part of the walls. In October 2018 MEF began raising the funds to complete the entire structure. MUCCO using local labor and materials to help Village of Mubaku as a side benefit.
On September 8, 2019 the new building was dedicated.
Some of the Costs of Running Bright Future Nursery and Primary School
A roll of fabric to make uniforms goes for 380,000 UGX, roughly $100 USD. A roll make s42 dresses + 22 pairs of boys pants. However, since the village does not own any sewing machines, the sewing is done elsewhere. A durable sewing machine costs $208 is part of the plans for a future women empowerment center.
We feed every child, every day. To feed 115 children it takes 6 kg (13 1/3 lbs) of maize (corn) flour. That costs about 18,000 UGX ,roughly $5 USD per day.
Cost to sponsor a child for a year is $50 USD. Currently almost 40 of our 175 students are sponsored.