Access to Quality Education in Rural Uganda

Recent UIS estimates show that there are more than 400,000 out of school children in Uganda. In partnership with EAC, Building Tomorrow is implementing the Access to Quality Education in Rural Uganda project to address the issue of Uganda’s out of school children by providing access to primary education for 50,980 out of school children, through school construction and teacher training and support in hard to reach areas.

The Access to Quality Education in Rural Uganda project involves constructing 60 new primary schools and boosting enrolment at 450 existing schools.

Specific project activities include: identifying 60 communities with at least 300 OOSC (ages 4-14) who lack access to any existing permanent school infrastructure within a 2.5 km radius; funding the construction of 60 primary schools in the communities identified with donations of land and labour from the local community; leveraging resources to obtain a commitment from the Ugandan Ministry of Education & Sports to recruit, post, and finance teachers for each school and provide in-kind support for classroom furniture and resources; opening 60 primary schools to enrol at least 190 students per school within two years; and recruiting and placing 150 Building Tomorrow Fellows – recent graduates of Ugandan universities – in existing schools to provide direct support to Head Teachers and School Management Committees. The Fellows program is specifically aimed at strengthening the capacity of Head Teachers.

Building Tomorrow’s ultimate goal is for the schools to be self-sustaining. This will be achieved by preparing partner communities to effectively, efficiently, and independently manage and operate a top-quality community school.

*EAC would like to thank the Bharti Foundation for their generous co-funding contribution to this project.

Project finished


Building Tomorrow

EAC has partnered with Building Tomorrow in Uganda to enrol and retain 50,980 out of school children from rural areas in quality primary education programs.




Uganda has made substantial progress to date toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In partnership with UNHCR, Plan Canada and Building Tomorrow, EAC works to support both refugee and primary education in Uganda.