Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary School (GSK)
A strong foundation for advancement.
Good Shepherd Kindergarten (GSK) was opened in 2010 with an enrollment of thirty students. The word quickly spread among the surrounding villages that the education young children were receiving was far superior to that of the public school. Currently there are over 500 children enrolled in the school.
Partners in Mission opened the doors of Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary School to give children a strong foundation for advancement to Kamwenge Secondary School. While primary education is offered in the public school system in Uganda, the teaching methods and classroom environments can be lacking.
Areas of Studies at GSK include learning English and Christian values by well-trained, caring teachers using up to date teaching methods in disciplined classrooms.
At GSK, students learn the fundamentals of reading and writing and they are prepared to continue to advance their studies. We take this kind of basic education very much for granted in the US but before GSK these kids did not have a straightforward way to master the basics. This creates a cycle of poverty as vocational options become limited as a child grows older.
Now, the children of Kamwenge have a foundation on which to advance their studies. And also, the entire community has begun to more highly value education and learning as a child’s birthright.
In November of 2017 the first group of students to complete all grade levels at GSK graduated, ready to move on to more advanced study at Kamwenge Secondary School.
This kind of educational advancement and love of learning is essential to create future possibilities for joining the modern economy and creating financial prosperity for the entire community.
Good Shepherd Primary School is not free to students. Partners in Mission USA provides the opportunity to sponsor students and pay their $35 monthly tuition.
Emmanuel and Frank’s Story
The brothers lived with their extended family on property adjacent to the school. The families are very poor subsistence farmers. When we first met them, we visited with their mother and her daughter in law. At the end of the visit, and out of the little they possessed, they shared a rooster with us.
We encouraged the family to have the boys attend Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary School and found financial sponsors for them in the US. A short time later we learned their mother had been arrested for setting fire to a relative’s house. The two sponsors agreed to give extra support so the boys could live on campus year-round for their safety, and purchase them new clothing as they grow.