The Restoration Assembly Schools
The Restoration Assembly School began in 2000 as a Primary school as a ministry of the Restoration Assembly Church in Nakulabye with the goal of providing education to those in the community. Through the sponsorships of Restoration Uganda the school has been impacted in many ways.
Over the years, the school has grown to about 350 students in Nursery and Primary grades.
Although only about one third of these students have a direct sponsor through this ministry, every student in our school is benefitting from the quality education, facility, and daily meals.
In addition, the vast majority of students are receiving a partial or full scholarship through the funds brought into the school through Restoration Uganda. In other words, every student in our school is sponsored.
Quality of Education
In order to move from Primary 7 into Secondary School, all students in Uganda must complete a nationally administered PLE Test (Primary Leaving Exam). There are four levels of a passing grade on the PLE and about twenty percent of all students in the nation fail to pass the exam, eliminating them from entering into Secondary School. In the last five years, every student graduating from the Restoration Primary School has not only passed the PLE, but has achieved one of the top two levels on the exam. Forty-four percent of our students have achieved the highest score, while the national average is at just over six percent.
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The official Language of Uganda is English, which is taught in all schools. However, the native language in Kampala is Luganda.
Therefore, children begin nursery school at the age of three in order to prepare themselves to read, write, and speak English.
There are three levels of pre-primary school:
Children must show achievement of set standards in order to move to the next grade.
Upon completion of Top class, children begin Primary 1. This would be equivalent to Kindergarten in the Unites States.
There are seven levels of Primary School. The National PLE test is administered upon completion of Primary 7. Primary 7 is equivalent to the 6th grade in the United States.
Children that fail the PLE cannot continue into Secondary School.
Secondary school is split into two sections. Ordinary Level (Secondary 1-4) and Advanced Level (Secondary 5-6).
At the end of Secondary 4, another national test is administered.
Upon completion of Ordinary level, students generally have three options:
Students who score highly and have the funding, will continue into Advanced Level (Secondary 5-6). The goal will be to attend a University to get a degree. However, there is really no point in achieving a Secondary Education if you cannot attend University. A Secondary Education really cannot help get you a good job in Uganda.
Students who do not have the highest scores on their Secondary 4 exam will likely not continue their education. They will leave Secondary School in hopes of attending a trade or technical school, usually for 2-3 years. Some examples might be to become a midwife, a dental assistant, a mechanic, a videographer, or even a hairdresser. The challenge is that these schools are often as expensive as a University Degree.
A majority of students who complete Ordinary Level (Secondary 4) will not be able to afford to attend a trade school or University. They will leave school and seek to survive through attempting to find work.
Boarding School Option
In Uganda, the best opportunity for education is for students to attend boarding school. Almost every school offers this option, which includes housing, uniforms, meals, and a controlled environment for studies. Students are picked up by the school to live on campus for 3 months during each term, before returning home for the break.
Restoration Assembly does not have any offered University classes for their students, yet. But there are many colleges and Universities in Kampala, the most famous being Makerere University. We hope through Sponsors that we can send Eligible Students on to complete University training.
Tuition at Makerere is currently around $1200 per year. Yes, you read that correctly. For about $25 per week, you can achieve a university degree in Uganda.
However, for most Ugandans, this is not possible. Thanks to Restoration Uganda, we have seen many students achieve a University Degree.