The Kampala Exploratorium is a Montessori private school based on GEAC Model Schools. In alignment with the Global Education Advisory Consortium (GEAC), the Kampala Exploratorium school will work to restore education to its original purpose – to provide a natural and joyful means of educating students, and helping them realize their true potential. Students will be able to study topics that create self-reliance and self-sustainability in themselves and their communities.
The Kampala Exploratorium Private School will provide quality education and equitable access to both girls and boys. To curb the challenges of unemployment, teenage pregnancy, school absenteeism and low level school completion, our model school will do the following;
- Build dormitories for the children. This will help in monitoring their education progress and providing accommodation to the neediest and vulnerable children.
- Provide housing for teachers to ensure efficiency in the student’s learning program and management of the student’s dormitories/shelter.
- Provide community houses for parents who would love to be part of the school and support the school mission and objectives.
- Build an onsite health facility to provide medical assistance to the children, parents and people in the community.
- Set up a teacher training school for the teachers who will be teaching in our schools in Uganda.
- Set up sports facilities to keep our learners active and physically fit.
- Establish agricultural farms which will be used to grow food to serve the school, community as well as be used for educational purposes.
- Incorporate blended learning for learners in remote, inaccessible areas which will be both physical and online.
- Build a hands on facility where learners learn practical skills which can be used to create employment and earn certification for the skills learned at the end of the training.
There will be three key development phases for the Exploratorium school.
- The implementation plan will start with training Teachers on Montessori techniques for 90 days, and then having the Teachers set-up their classrooms in Kampala so they can begin teaching within another 30 days. Once the doors are open and students begin arriving, the school will be operationalized to run all-year. The school will open with a small number of students about 250 and 23 teachers each handling 20 children at a time. The school will start with elementary and primary school.
- In the second phase, once funds for construction are approved, plans will begin to build a Campus, Athletic field and Community with family housing that is architected with an “Ecocity” and African cultural design and energy flow. The school will become an accredited Montessori school and will be able to connect with thousands of Montessori schools, teachers, and communities around the world. When the Campus is built, the plan is to serve 2,000 students on-site and 10,000 students off-site, plus Teachers and Staff.
- Implementing Blended Learning for Remote Villages. The blended learning program will initially support up to 1000 students and 50 Teachers and will be used as a test pilot for delivery of school supplies, the use of WIFI in remote areas, and the effectiveness of blended learning programs supported by Teachers in Kampala. We plan to establish micro schools across the country with support from the main campus – the Kampala Exploratorium school