About Banunule Primary School for Orphans and Underprivileged Children

Banunule School is a day school situated in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. It was founded in the 1970s, and suffered a closed period during the dictatorship of Idi Amin.

The School became a registered primary school with the Ministry of Education and Sports in 2000 and became fully operational in 2003 offering a free education to 180 children from Primary One to Primary Seven.

Pupils live in foster families in the locality. The School’s name means ‘set free’ in the local language. Banunule aims to set free its 180 pupils from their disadvantages, giving them an opportunity to achieve their full potential, through a holistic approach to education. Not only do pupils receive an education, but also food, uniforms and medical and welfare care. As well as a holistic approach, what differentiates Banunule from Government schools is its small class sizes, averaging 25 compared with Government schools class sizes which can sometimes be 100. The School follows the Uganda National Curriculum, but receives no financial support from the Ugandan Government.

Two meals a day are provided – breakfast and lunch, as well as a morning snack. For some very needy children, supper is also provided.  

Free medical care is provided – for common ailments children are treated by the Nurse in the School Clinic.  In more serious cases the children have been treated free of charge by a British doctor in Kampala.  If hospital treatment is needed the children are sent to one of the large Kampala hospitals.  AIDS testing is done on a regular basis and children who are found to be HIV positive are provided with anti-retroviral drugs to prolong their lives. The children are monitored by the School Nurse and the School Social Worker, who also visit their homes and give advice to the foster parents.

The School’s vision for the future is to further develop its role as a model school  and training centre to help other local schools to broaden their approach to education.  Secondly the school aims to develop its care work in the locality through its community projects.