In recent years Northern Uganda has been devastated by a brutal civil war. Perhaps you remember news reports of Joseph Kony and his army of stolen children inflicting a reign of terror; children from outlying villages making a long and perilous trek every night to sleep on the streets of Gulu, preferring to face crime and other unsafe conditions rather than risk abduction. Now that a relative peace has settled over the region, the future is hopeful but still uncertain. For many youth in the region, their childhood has been disrupted by brutal violence. Their education is affected not only by financial need but by the trauma of their past.
The Jesuits are making a difference in Gulu, Northern Uganda and CARITAS For Children is thankful to be able to help by connecting sponsors with children who need support. Ocer Campion Jesuit College is a secondary school established in Gulu with the goal of providing education to promising disadvantaged youth. In addition to providing a quality academic education, students are taught agricultural skills, as agriculture is the dominate profession in the region. The school also provides remedial education to ensure pupils, whose primary education may have been interrupted, are prepared for the rigors of secondary education. Trauma counseling is also provided.
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the school will celebrate by calling attention to the importance and value of girls as they prepare for their role in society.
This year’s Ordinary Level examination results were just released, and Ocer Campion Jesuit College placed first in the region and 69th in the entire country, establishing it as a well-respected educational institution.
CARITAS For Children’s Catholic child sponsorship program in Gulu is aimed at providing disadvantaged youth with the ability to attend Ocer Campion Jesuit College not only to learn the skills necessary to survive and excel, but also to receive counseling so they can heal from the traumatic past of the region in a healthy way.
Education in Uganda is rigorous, and Ocer Campion Jesuit College holds its pupils to a high standard. A typical day at the high school looks something like this:
5:00 a.m. – Wake up
5:10 a.m. – Clean up (dorms and toilets)
5:35 a.m. – Bathing and dressing for class
5:55 a.m. – Roll Call
6:00 - 7:00 a.m. – Morning Prep (private reading)
7:00 - 7:20 a.m. – Breakfast
7:20 - 7:30 a.m. – Assembly/Morning Prayer
7:30 - 10:10 a.m. – Classes
10:10 - 10:40 a.m. – Break
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Classes
12:00 - 12:10 p.m. – Break
12:10 - 1:30 p.m. – Classes
1:30 - 2:20 p.m. – Lunch
2:20 - 4:20 p.m. – Classes
4:20 - 5:50 p.m. – Cleaning of classrooms
4:40 - 5:50 p.m. – Games and Sports (Thursdays)
4:20 - 5:50 p.m. – General Assembly (Friday)
5:50 - 6:20 p.m. – Shower
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. – Evening Prep
9:30 - 9:40 p.m. – Evening Prayer and Roll Call
9:40 p.m. – Lights Out
The Jesuits are making a difference in Gulu and CARITAS For Children is thankful to be able to help by connecting sponsors with children who need support. Visit our website to learn more about our Catholic child sponsorship program for children in Gulu at Ocer Campion.
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