Progressive Primary: Street Child’s First Ugandan Elementary School

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Street Child has completed construction of our first ever Ugandan elementary school! ‘Progressive Primary School’ is the first of five planned elementary schools which make up our larger project to transform learning for 5,100 refugee children in Palabek, Northern Uganda.

Progressive Primary has been supported by generous private donors and in large part by Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a major new global fund created to transform delivery of education in emergencies.

On the first day of school 605 children were enrolled in the elementary school, and brightly coloured backpacks containing scholastic materials such as text books, stationery and math sets were distributed to all of the children. By day two the number of enrolled pupils had already increased to 767, leaving the team considering the possibility of an extension to accommodate more children.

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Andrew is 15 years old. He came to Uganda six months ago having fled from South Sudan on his own, leaving all of his family behind. Andrew now lives on his own in a Palabek refugee settlement.

Before Street Child built the school in Palabek, Andrew had nothing to do with his days. He was desperate to return to school, so he registered immediately.

His favourite subject is English and in the future he would like to be a bank teller.

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Grace is 11 years old and is now a student at our new Progressive Primary elementary School in Palabek, Uganda. Before Street Child built the school, Grace was walking two hours to school and back everyday along a route which was dangerous, particularly for children, and one which made her very tired.

Her favourite subject is math, and one day she would like to be a doctor.


Ibrahim is 12 years old. He came to Uganda from South Sudan two years ago with his parents, his three sisters and his brother.

Before Street Child built Progressive Primary School, Ibrahim was walking two hours to school everyday. Ibrahim is happy that he can now easily walk to school and so can spend more time playing with his friends and studying.

His favourite subject is English and when he is older he would like to be a doctor.

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