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Rebuilding St. Edwards Bukuumi

St Edward’s Secondary School, Bukuumi began in 1945 by the White Fathers and was later taken-up by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1948. The school lies in the rural District of Kibaale in Mid-western Uganda. The school is a Mixed Boarding O and A-Level school with a population of about 700 students. The core value of the school is bringing up the students in a religious manner while going through the life of education and transforming them into responsible citizens.

St. Edward’s, as it is commonly known, grew through the limelight in the1960s and early1970s when it was being ranked among the top 10 schools in the country. However, in the late1970s, the school suffered greatly under the Iddi Amin dictatorship and it collapsed furthermore under Obote II regime in the early 1980s.Many students abandoned the school as its infrastructure had been looted severely.

In the 1990s, the school resumed operation though at a very slow pace. This was because of the remoteness of its location and the dilapidated structures.

However, the school has undergone some transformation since 2005 under the new Headmaster (Bro. Aganyira Deodati) who has tried to rejuvenate the school back to its lost glory. The school has improved greatly in the field of academics making it the best performing school in the region (mid western Uganda). Furthermore, the school has become a giant in the field of sports trying to integrate knowledge in class with co-curricular activities. Recently, the school soccer team (boys) were the third best in the country in the Coca cola Post Primary Football Competitions and represented Uganda in Bujumbura, Burundi in the All East African Secondary Schools Games in August 2012.

The school is on its way back to glory though some challenges still hinder its full potential. Among these challenges are;

  • Dilapidated structures. The school has very old and ruined buildings that were constructed in the 1940s and have not undergone any renovation after suffering from the two wars of Iddi Amin and Milton Obote. The school lacks an Administration Block. The current administration block (which is the face of the school) is very old and in poor shape.
  • The girls’ wing. The girls’ dormitories and rooms for their night preps are very ancient and old. Some even lack windows and glasses creating a very difficult environment for the girls especially during the rainy seasons. The situation at the girls’ wing is very worrying.
  • Improved computer laboratory. The school has a very small computer lab that is very lowly stocked. The few computers in the lab are very old and cannot match the current requirements hence hindering the education of the students competing at national level.
  • The school library. The school library is stocked with books of the 1970s with little or no modern textbooks. The library building is small and in ruins as well. This has continually led to complications in the service delivery to the students of the present age.

I therefore call on the Old Boys and Girls of the school, well-wishers and any charitable organizations/persons/agencies to render in a helping hand as we try to educate the rural Ugandan and fight illiteracy and poverty in Midwestern Uganda.

Any financial and physical support to the school is highly welcome.