Connecting Partner Schools: The Power of Geography

Roads like this one link the network of One School partners in the Mubende District of Uganda.
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Blog post by One School Director Bay Roberts:

One School at a Time is developing a network of highly functioning and sustainable schools in the Mubende District of rural Uganda. We now have four partner schools in the network, all close to each other. Assisting, encouraging, and sharing information and ideas with the other partner schools in the network is a requirement for schools that want to work with One School at a Time. 
The four partner schools have begun to recognize the benefits of the network and are seeking each other out. The head teacher of partner school #2 recently visited the head teacher of partner school #4 to learn more about their coffee production business. Trained brick-makers from partner school #1 taught community members from partner school #2 how to make pressed earth bricks to construct their water cistern and classrooms. Administrators from partner school #3 were fascinated to learn about mango tree orchards at partner school #2. 
The network of schools is a powerful concept. By encouraging schools to look to each other for guidance, resources, and expertise (instead of looking to the outside world for hand-outs), local knowledge is honored, thereby building sustainability and strength. Schools can also work together to ensure that allocations of money and resources by the Ugandan government are properly and fairly distributed. When their partnerships with One School at a Time conclude after 3-5 years, these schools will have the skills, foundation, and support network needed to successfully maintain their achievements in infrastructure, school management, and academic programs. 
Two new partner schools have recently joined our network: Bbinikila Primary (324 students) and Cassanda Boarding (525 students). The head teacher of Cassanda Boarding School, with a Master’s degree in education, told Hussein recently: “I always believed in all the years that I have worked at this school that the school board was stupid. They are so poor and so uneducated- they cant help themselves. So, I was so surprised to find that these people really do have good ideas…I just never took the trouble to listen to them.”

A classroom at the Bbinikila School.

Bbinikila students.