Rafiki Africa Ministries believes that every child has a right to an education. We believe that education is important and can provide a child with an opportunity to escape poverty.
Many children in Uganda are unable to attend school because their families cannot afford to pay school fees. Half of Uganda’s children never finish primary school. Uganda is one of the least educated countries in the world. Education in Uganda is largely based on repetition and memorization. School fees must be paid in order to attend school, and students must pass exams in order to progress to the next grade. On average, classes range between 70 to 150 students. The large number of students makes the learning environment more difficult and it becomes harder for the teacher to be heard and teach.
While a child is living at the children’s home Rafiki Africa Ministries provides education. The preschool age children attend classes at the Rafiki Children’s Home. The older children attend a community, primary school. Once a child is reunited with family or placed in foster care, we continue to support the child with their education through providing for school fees, uniforms, and school supplies.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” – Nelson Mandela