HOW WE WORK
One School at a Time works with Ugandans to develop well-managed, self-reliant, sustainable schools where children not only survive, but thrive.
"Go to the people. Learn from them... Start with what they know. Build with what they have. ...when the job is done, the people will all say we have done it ourselves." Lao Tzu
One School at a Time provides targeted Ugandan schools with technical support and capacity building through our Ugandan Program Manager. We link schools to already existing programs that may benefit them, and we provide capital improvements using environmentally sustainable solutions.
We focus on the whole school: governance, security, strategic long term planning, financial management, community and parent involvement, teacher development and sustainable infrastructure development.
Bring Water to a Ugandan School!
Bbinikila Primary School urgently needs clean water - girls are walking miles to a dirty water hole to collect water. One School at a Time plans to partner with Bbinikila to build a rooftop rain water system.
We will make the cistern bricks using pressed earth technology, developed by Dr. Moses Musaazi at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Trained brick-makers from two of our previous partner schools will teach Bbinikila parents how to press the bricks. The bricks are not burned (saving many trees) and need less cement for mortar than traditional burnt bricks.
One School at a Time is a catalyst, a partner and an advocate for school programs in the Mubende District of Uganda. The organization will help support a network of high-functioning schools in this area by 2015. One School at a Time partners with one community-based school at a time, and is focused on the quality of its outcomes, not on the quantity of schools that it reaches. The organization intends to be an effective public school model for the Ugandan District of Education into the future.
One School at a Time follows guiding principles to ensure that each Ugandan school project is poised for enduring, sustainable success. The organization seeks to ensure that it has the best foundation, people, and support available to aid each school partner. To that end, One School at a Time partnerships are based on: