Uprise Foundation




The Government of Uganda introduced free Universal primary Education in 1997. The programme has realized increase in enrollment but has equally faced challenges with quality of education provided in these schools. Much as the government provides teachers’ pay, administration costs and constructs classrooms in some schools, the schools and parents have a burden of providing refresher courses for teachers, renovating dilapidated classrooms, provision of meals and scholastic materials and improving the learning environment in general.

According to Uwezo, an education research organization working in East Africa, reports in their annual education report 2014 that 2 out of 3 pupils that complete primary level cannot read and write. The project realized this and initiated strategies to improve the learning outcomes in public schools in Wakiso district by training teachers in improving the learning environment and making of learning aids using local inexpensive materials. The project also trains School management Committees of such schools on their roles and responsibilities, planning and budgeting, resource mobilization and effective management of their schools. All this is done to improve the quality of education in these schools.

In addition, the guardians who by law are obliged to provide scholastic requirements like stationary, uniforms and lunch for their children struggle with these provisions as the households benefitting from this programme are extremely vulnerable. The project on that basis started by providing soft loans to the guardians to start or improve small scale businesses to be able to pay for such provisions. Other guardians also benefit from Village Savings and Loans Associations where guardians make small but regular savings and later borrow to make or improve small scale businesses.

Additionally, given a high dropout rate of students from public schools, the project decided to provide vocational skills for youth above 14 who are at the verge of dropping out or have dropped out of school. These youth are provided with skills to be able to create their own employment and for the others as well.  Such skills include welding, carpentry, construction, masonry, plumbing, sewing/tailoring/textiles, catering/food service, cleaning and beautician/hair/nails. The project, where funding allows, provides startup kits for such youth to ensure they create jobs of their own.

Volunteering with us will therefore be a memorable experience because it is fun-packed, intriguing, full of learning, and satisfying. 

Aims/ Objectives

To improve the lives of vulnerable children and their households by providing quality education, protection, access to good health and sustainable livelihood programmes.


Uprise Foundation has for the last one year been involved in the following activities

  • Teacher trainings in public primary schools in improving the learning environment using local materials
  • Training of key School stakeholders in alternative disciplinary measures
  • Vocational training for vulnerable youths
  • Sanitary pads training for vulnerable girls in public primary schools
  • Economic empowerment for vulnerable households
  • Training School Management Committees of public schools on their roles and responsibilities
  • Carrying out reading tents in the public and private schools

Volunteer tasks/roles

The volunteer will be expected to assist the full-time staff by participating in the following:

  • Assist in organizing teacher trainings by developing timetables  and working on logistics
  • Assist in organizing training of key school stakeholders in alternative disciplinary measures by developing training aids and preparing logistics. 
  • Assist supported vocational students with basic computer training
  • Assist in organizing sanitary pads training for vulnerable girls in public primary schools
  • Monitoring Village Savings and Loan Association groups to track performance and provide technical assistance.
  • Assist in carrying out reading tents in the public and private schools

Volunteer qualities 

The volunteer must:

Exhibit passion/enthusiasm for working with vulnerable communities

  • Be patient and flexible. 
  • Be friendly and open minded
  • Be creative
  • Be honest, caring and reliable
  • Exhibit effective communication skills with clients and staff
  • Have respect for differences in personality, cultures etc.
  • Have willingness to learn and share knowledge and experiences

Working hours

From 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday. But on some occasions, the economic empowerment activities can be conducted on weekends


The Uprise Foundation offices are located about 1.5kms from the UPA office.

Public transport to and from the school is easily accessible and it cost 2.000 UGX for a return journey


The Volunteer can stay at UPA Guest House, or in a host family around Nansana community

Comments from UPA

The project office is located in a Peri-urban area where a big percentage of people can speak English. Many of its activities are however located in semi-rural areas. All school based activities are carried out in or around schools where the main mode of communication is English. However, economic empowerment trainings and meetings are held with caretakers in the local language.


The staff and project Managers do speak in English and it is the medium of communication to learners. In some instances where local languages are used, translation is done by the team members.

Past Volunteers

Finland and South Korea

About UPA

Uganda Pioneers' Association (UPA) is a voluntary non-governmental organisation registered with the National NGO Board (ref. S5914/114). UPA aims atpromoting community based development,intercultural co-operation and youth participation through voluntary work. 

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Contact Info

Uganda Pioneers Association,

8 miles Hoima Road, Ocheing Zone

Nansana, Wakiso District - Uganda


  •   P.O.Box 25973 Kampala,Uganda
  • +256 785 601 220 / +256 782 335 322
  • info@ugandapioneers.org