E3 Africa is committed to reducing poverty and promoting the dignity of the human person through education. One of the ways in which E3 Africa seeks to achieve this end is through building and operating a quality secondary school in northern Uganda for an underserved population.
There is a need for quality secondary schools in the northern region of Uganda. Most of the quality schools in Uganda are private and are located in the central and southern regions. Access to secondary education is challenging for poor families since the Ugandan government funds student education only through the equivalent of 6th grade.
When completed, the school and campus of St. Thomas Aquinas College would serve 800+ students, most of whom are orphaned or from disadvantaged families. The school just recently finished its first phase of construction. St. Thomas Aquinas College will supplement a traditional curriculum with vocational training, peace & conflict resolution, and moral and spiritual formation. It will nurture the faith in the lives of the students and faculty through prayer and worship at the school chapel.
St. Thomas Aquinas College will also serve the community in the following ways: through culture and arts programs in the multi-purpose hall; through the operation of a farm to provide fruits and vegetables for the students, families and surrounding villages; through teaching valuable business and farming skills; and by access to water from the school well to local villages.
What is proposed at St. Thomas Aquinas College?
E3 Africa, through our Ugandan non-governmental organization (NGO) – EENU, has title to approximately 30± acres of rich farm land east of the town of Moyo in northern Uganda. The full build-out on the site would be broken down into multiple phases and include:
- Dr. Susan Menking Hall, which will serve as a multipurpose space, cafeteria, gym, health clinic and more (Phase 1 completed February 18, 2017)
- Classroom blocks (8 total, 100 students each; 2 being built in 2017)
- Dormitories (8 total, 100 students each)
- Teachers' quarters (16 individual buildings, 48 bed max)
- Administration building
- Farm technology center
- Science building and laboratory
- Computer IT center and library
- Sick bay (for students, employees, and local residents)
- Chapel (Construction starts in 2018!)
- Power is provided by the newly installed local infrastructure, backed up by solar panels
- Water is provided by an onsite well and water tower
At completion, St. Thomas Aquinas College will have the capacity to educate 800 students per year and employ approximately 40 teachers, 5 administrators and 5 site staff.