About UK Schools
All Our Children grew out of several partnerships between UK and Ugandan educational establishments, particularly from the personal relationships of UK teachers and Oxford University lecturers who spent periods of time living and working in Uganda. Currently the lead partnership is between William Morris Sixth Form in London and several schools in Kabale, South West Uganda, including Kigezi High School. Teachers from The Warriner School in Oxfordshire, Havelock Primary School in London, and Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot have also developed links with Kabale schools and made visits.
Over the years, these partnerships have involved a wide range of activities, including reciprocal visits, joint educational projects covering both curriculum development and student welfare issues, and staff training sessions. Starting with a link with Kigezi High School strengthened by a visit each year since 2007 from UK teachers and students, the partnerships have spread to a nursery school, several primary schools, a street children centre, another secondary school, and a teacher training centre in Kabale. Teachers from Uganda and the UK work together both during and outside the annual visits to support each other in developing teaching, learning and leadership skills. UK students participating in the visits often describe their experiences in the Ugandan schools as “life-changing”.
An initiative started during our 2014 visit is bringing teachers together from a wide variety of Kabale schools and educational institutions to define, celebrate and share existing good practice with the aim of making Kabale a centre of excellence in education in Uganda.
Read our Annual Report 2014 and the report entitled Visit to Kabale in April 2012 to get a real flavour of what these partnerships mean and the enriching experience they bring to all involved. Like all relationships, they have their challenges which distance and culture exacerbate, but no-one is left untouched.
We are always interested to work with other schools. We can provide resources and expertise to assist you in successfully establishing a school partnership in Kabale. Or, if you would not like a specific partnership yourself, but would like to be involved in the work of All Our Children, we would love to hear from you. Depending on location, we may be able to come in to do an assembly, give you copies of teaching resources and offer suggestions for fundraising activities to help support education in South West Uganda.
You may also be interested in the information on school partnerships and a review of the research on school partnerships here.