Building Tomorrow, Inc., an Indianapolis-based non-profit social enterprise announced a new commitment to construct a total of 60 primary-level Building Tomorrow Academies in East Africa and to launch an initiative aimed at improving the quality of education in Ugandan communities by training over 450 current and future educators and developing a rural-relevant classroom curriculum.
The commitment, announced at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York City runs through 2016 and will harness partnerships already built with student chapters at U.S. institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and the University of Texas–Austin as well as the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports.
“We’re continuing to see an incredible embrace of the Building Tomorrow model–more so with each new academy we announce,” Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow George Srour said. “Just this week we’ve visited with two new partner communities that have independently made overwhelming contributions with land, labor and construction materials to support Building Tomorrow’s efforts.”
In just under five years, Building Tomorrow has engaged thousands of students in the United States in service-learning, awareness, fundraising and design activities to support the construction of primary-level academies in Uganda. Today, Building Tomorrow counts seven open academies enrolling 1,500 underserved students with commitments for another ten to be constructed. Building Tomorrow’s unique cost-sharing approach means each donor community’s funds will be matched, in-kind, with the donation of land and approximately 20,000 hours of volunteer labor by each partnering Ugandan community.
“While focusing on what happens inside the classroom is new territory for us, we know it is a matter of critical importance to our parents and, most of all, students,” Building Tomorrow Uganda Country Director Joseph Kaliisa said.
Source – CSR Daily – Millicent Njeri / Press Release