Michael Sweikar | July 11, 2014
A group of students and faculty from the University of Notre Dame completed research in an impoverished area of Uganda as a first step toward building a primary school there. Notre Dame’s Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) is working with the not-for-profit organization Building Tomorrow to help make this new school a reality in the village of Kongota—one of the poorest communities in the Rakai District of Uganda.
Through surveys of local households and interviews with key stakeholders, the Notre Dame students―in partnership with students from Uganda Martyrs University―conducted a survey of schooling models for community development. The students visited several existing schools in Uganda, collecting background information from community leaders, teachers, and parents on school programming, design, and community participation to better determine what variables best predict school success and sustainability.