Soft Power Education is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO working with communities in Uganda to improve quality of life through education.
Soft Power Education funds and runs two pre schools for 180 orphans and vulnerable children, often children of AIDS victims or sometimes just from desperately poor families. Buwenda Pre School and Kyabirwa Pre School offer children a chance to be children for a few hours each day, learning the basics of being in a learning environment, social skills and basic English, but of course, the key focus of our pre-schools is that the children learn through having fun!
Amagezi Education Centre
The Amagezi Education Centre (AEC) is a unique and inspiring centre in the heart of Kyabirwa village. Pupils from partner primary schools from across Jinja District visit throughout the academic year to enjoy practical, interactive and hands-on learning sessions using equipment they do not have access to in school.
Special Educational Needs
We believe that all children are entitled to an education regardless of their race, religion, sex or disability. Children with special educational needs (SEN) face many challenges in their everyday life in Uganda due either to the severity of their disability, a lack of funding for specialist equipment and schooling or simply society’s misunderstanding of disability.
Our SEN programme aims to overcome some of these barriers to give children with special educational needs the opportunity to live active and productive lives.
Murchison Memories Exhibition
Our Murchison Memories Exhibition aims to highlight social, historical and cultural attributes that impact current conservation issues. Through photographs, artifacts, stories and contemporary art the exhibition is designed to allow local school children and overseas visitors alike to learn more about conservation and the challenges both the national park and its surrounding communities face.
People & Parks
Through the People & Parks programme, Soft Power Education's expert programme staff provide the tools and know-how that empower communities bordering Murchison Falls Conservation Area to design, develop and implement their own income-generating projects.
We train community members to develop and maintain sustainable and environmentally friendly projects such as bee keeping, goat rearing and tree planting. Through viable alternative livelihood options, communities can build themselves and their children a sustainable future while at the same time helping to conserve environmentally threatened habitats.
Community Development Programme
Based at the Amagezi Education Centre (AEC) and led by the AEC staff, the Community Development Programme (CDP) is aimed at educating communities in sustainable life skills and maximising the potential of the education centre.
Soft Power Education works with Uganda's education sector to achieve the second of the UN Millennium Development Goals to achieve Universal Primary Education.
Since 2003 we have been working on a Primary School Infrastructure Programme, creating inspiring learning environments. After an initial assessment of the school we work in three phases
1. Refurbishment of existing classrooms, which have not been condemned
2. Demolition of any condemned classrooms and rebuilding them
3. Building additional classrooms
*All stats taken from the UN and the World Bank 2013
One of Soft Power’s draw cards for me was the opportunity to live in the community that they work with.
I don’t know if I would have met as many people or had as many wonderful conversations if I hadn’t been staying
amongst the very people that make the charity worthwhile.
I spent a week seeing what Soft Power did and was mightily impressed. This was not a top heavy organisation beset with red tape, jargon and over-regulation. They got stuff done and had a good time doing it.
Have just returned to the UK after two months working as a volunteer for Soft Power and it was AMAZING. You only have to speak to the teachers and children at the schools (and the local community) to understand the massive difference it has made to their lives.
Uganda is beautiful – its scenery, the people and the culture all contributed to my return (not forgetting the fantastic parties and all the great volunteers, travellers and residents that you will meet)!