Education Projects

Education for Vulnerable Children

During the two-decade long insurgency in Northern Uganda led by the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army  (LRA) rebel Kony, people in the Acholi and Lango regions suffered a great deal.  There was a lot of death and  suffering; those that were lucky to stay alive widowed and orphaned, faced a lot of hardship. Like any war striken region anywhere, the aftermath was unthinkable. Extreme poverty hit the land,  basic amenities collapsed and naturally children couldn’t access any form of education.

Father John Scalabrini’s passion for young children was always to see that they attain quality Education; and  in light of the situation above, he made an effort to provide these vulnerable children with a promising future; and this he did by constructing a number of schools ranging from Nursery to Secondary Schools, in Gulu  District while still based in the Arch Diocese of Gulu as an African parish priest.  The schools that he built include Assumption Parish Awach, Awach Nursery & Primary Schools, Bishop Angelo Negri Primary Schools, And Bishop Angelo Negri College, all based in Gulu.

Students of BCKSSS assemble for a function

Later, in the late 90’s after starting Emmaus Foundation in Luzira Kampala; the African ordained priest  equally saw the dire need for more Kampala based schools due to the growing number of  vulnerable children who hailed from war ravaged areas of North and Eastern  Uganda, the Republic  of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in addition to the local suffering children scattered in the different city suburbs of Kampala.  In the Luzira Neighborhood alone the home  of Emmaus Foundation, the numbers were overwhelming; and along the Kitintale – Luzira road, a number of quality schools  were built to cater for the need.  These schools he built  include: Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Secondary Schools (BCKSSS)-Day and Boarding Sections; Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Nursery & Primary School (BCKPS) which operates as a Day as well as a Boarding school.   However, due to the quality of the schools in terms of general operations and excellent academic performance that was achieved  in the shortest run, they did and still attract students who are not necessarily needy but can afford to pay school fees.   This has been an added advantage to the general operations of the schools and the welfare of the needy pupils and students in both the primary and the secondary schools.   To this day, the schools have grown so much so that they now attract children form the neighboring East African Countries ( Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi).

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