To enable students to achieve their highest academic, vocational and sports potential and help them become whole-rounded individuals in their communities
Who We Serve
Girls who cannot enroll in mainstream education because they have babies, are too old for their age grade level, and/or lack financial resources as a result of the conflict in Northern Uganda
Secondary Education in Uganda
Secondary education (or High School) in Uganda is organized in “O’ levels” and “A’ levels”.
“O’ level” is the equivalent to grades 8-11 in the USA system, where each grade level is called Senior 1, Senior 2, Senior 3 and Senior 4.
After completing “O’ levels” students have the option of continuing to “A’ levels”, which is the equivalent to grades 12 and first year of university, referred to as Senior 5 and Senior 6.
Current Program at PGSS
Two-track Program: track 1 is an academic program while track 2 adds
on a vocational skills program.
In track 1, the girls take classes in Geography, Agriculture, Commerce, English,
Mathematics, History, Chemistry, Christian Religion Education, Biology,
Political Education, and Physics, among others.
The academic year is divided into three terms: February-May, June-August, October-December, and the daily schedule is from 8am to 4pm.
After completing Senior 4, the girls will be able to go on to:
• “A-level,” either at the Academy or at another school
• A vocational institute to obtain a 2 year vocational certificate (equivalent to A-level but with special skills)
• Specific professional skills training schools to obtain certificates in teaching primary,
nursing, social work, book keeping, store management or community rehabilitation
In track 2, the girls receive training in knitting, tailoring, baking, catering, and hand-made jewelry in addition to the academic curriculum. This aspect of the curriculum gives the girls essential skills for income generating activities as well as some marketable skills that may help them find employment after graduating.
Our students are girls determined to pursue their education and build a life for themselves and their families. They face a highly patriarchal and culturally conservative community, where women have low social status and few rights. Many of our students are child mothers while others are highly vulnerable for reasons of orphanhood, poverty, and war.
Girls in Northern Uganda face many barriers to education. While completion of primary education is compulsory, girls enter secondary school at a lower rate than boys and the dropout rate for girls increases with each year of enrollment. This is due in part to cultural customs which emphasize the girls’ domestic duties, favors early marriage, and child motherhood.
At PGSS, girls are able to attend secondary school even if they have given birth in an environment conducive to their intellectual development and the well-being of the students and their children.
The Secondary School currently serves 366 students with 209 enrolled in secondary school and 157 receiving vocational training. In addition, 101 babies currently live with their mothers at the school and receive nursery education and daycare services.
Despite the challenges faced educating girls with special needs, PGSS remains one of the top performing schools in Pader District.
The girls are all deeply committed to their studies and are role models for other children in the same circumstance. The girls support each other and share responsibilities which include cleaning, laundry, fetching water and looking after the babies.