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Building Tomorrow envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so.
Building Tomorrow catalyzes communities and individuals in support of access to quality education for students in East Africa. We do this by empowering young people to invest their time, talents and resources in support of new educational opportunities; facilitating the construction of community-built, locally-sustained primary schools; and building the human capacity and leadership of locally-based school management teams.
- Individuals, groups & BT chapters outreach, advocate & fundraise for the construction of a new primary school.
- Working with the government & local leaders, we identify communities in rural Uganda with little or no access to a primary school & a strong commitment to education.
- We offer to fund building materials & skilled labor in return for a donation of at least 3 acres of land, 15,000 hours of labor & a community’s promise to support the school long-term.
- Community members form committees to oversee construction &, in-turn, management of the school.
- Together, we build a 10-room primary school & separate latrines.
- We work with the local government to recruit qualified teachers, register students & furnish each room.
- Uganda’s Ministry of Education posts teachers in P1 to P7, while the community funds a nursery teacher, additional resources & programming at their own discretion.
- We recruit & train Ugandan college graduates to provide 2 years of capacity building support for head teachers and School Management Committees at each new school (& other public schools, too).
- Each school serves as a source of pride & a catalyst for change throughout the entire community.
According to”Engineer Gasana”, a community leader and land donor to Building Tomorrow in Uganda, “If people in America can come to Africa and really help us, why don’t we people who are here also contribute?” To date, our partner communities have donated 35 acres of land and volunteered over 200,000 hours of labor to build schools for their children.
In Uganda, each school serves as a source of pride and a catalyst for change within the community. We have seen roads built, gardens harvested, scholarships funded, teachers organized, and housing constructed as a direct result of communities being empowered to help themselves.
As of September 2014, Building Tomorrow has 17 open schools, and 6 under construction and site planning. Each school provides learning space for up to 315 students.
In 2014, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Building Tomorrow introduced Educate51k, its five year, $12 million plan to provide a safe, local, permanent, quality and supportive learning environment for 50,980 out-of-school children in rural communities across Uganda.