School Partnerships between the UK and Uganda

School Partnerships between the UK and Uganda

The Brickworks supports four schools in Uganda, which provide education to over 4,000 refugee children from South Sudan. Teachers from 2 UK schools went to visit their partner school in Moyo and were flown back to Entebbe by MAF.

Story and photos by Jill Vine and Poppy Spens (Co-founder of The Brickworks)

Our small UK charity, The Brickworks, supports four under tree schools that are part of the work of the South Sudan Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Kajo Keji, which is currently in exile in Uganda.

Over 4,000 refugee children are receiving education at these schools.

We have linked each of these schools with a British primary school. In October 2019, we took a teacher from two of these link schools to visit their link school in Uganda.

Teachers and Brickworks staff in front of the MAF plane

Experiencing 'rural Uganda'

We travelled up to Moyo from Entebbe in a taxi for a 10-hour journey, which helped them experience something of rural Uganda as it was their first visit to Africa.

We flew back from Moyo to near Kampala with MAF and were so grateful to avoid another 10-hour drive!

As the school break only lasts a week, the whole trip had to be squeezed into a few days.

Crowded classroom full of refugee children

The two teachers were able to spend two complete days in their link school, which was an amazing experience and will really help their school links to develop.

 We flew back from Moyo to near Kampala with MAF and were so grateful to avoid another 10-hour drive!

Poppy Spens, Co-founder of The Brickworks

It was so helpful for the UK teachers to understand the similarities and differences between schools in two very different parts of the world.

Several of the British children wrote letters and poems to the refugee children, and the teachers have come back with replies to the letters.

Impact of fundraising

The UK schools now have a clear idea of how money from fundraising activities can help the under tree schools.

One 8-year-old girl did a sponsored haircut and raised enough to give the school two toilets as they had none. 

Students with the Brickworks project learning agricultural skills