This is a 3:6 partnership, in which International schools in the developed countries are twined /partnered with Ugandan schools in a minimum of three (3) year relationship that runs through the following core 6 elements:-

  • Elementary Diplomacy – Partner introductions and pen-pal identification
  • Digital Connections – Skype meetings and program planning 
  • Partner–Partner Support – mentoring in education
  • Art -Craft Exchange – cultural presentations and immersion
  • Donation Drives – In-kind Materials collections and shipping.  
  • Fundraising Skills – Raising money for school projects (needs vary across schools).

The concept of  program is to get education ‘Outside Classrooms’ such that each participating school will contribute to the understanding and benefit of the other, creating a sense of connectedness and generating a 4-way traffic in terms of cultural exchange, international development, educational enhancement, and technology access. Beyond this, international schools/ school children will collaborate to design and implement solutions to the identified challenges that involve financing a pressing need at a Ugandan partner school.  Through this, PARC hopes to promote understanding of the global and cross-cultural issues, and ensure creation of a shared global learning environment – we would call ‘One World Classroom’.

Why twin schools globally?

The high cost of education in Africa presents a major challenge for most students who are financially poor and even without parents in some cases. Therefore, the twined international schools (the children) will subsidize some of the cost at the Ugandan match school; where Ugandan schools use donations from their international partners for purchase of supplies (books and class materials), maintenance and expansion of school facilities, paying teachers’ salaries, providing meals to students, and other essential school expenses. On the other hand, pen-pals (or their families) could decide to directly sponsor their Uganda pals.

We believe the partnership benefit pupils, teachers, and parents from both schools in the different countries and continents – culturally, morally, spiritually and socially – creating global peace and harmony. Through this project, the children will develop their ability to engage their parents (wider community) in discussions about international development. This will not only promote global understanding, but help them to build character, respect and develop responsibility as global citizens.

Who can participate?

Any school (be it kindergarten, elementary or high school) and or any class at a school level can participate.  Participation is ‘Free of Charge’ but, we do expect international schools to raise funds to support in their twinned schools in Uganda.

While the program is probably best suited to kindergarten, elementary and high schools, PARC believes that students at all levels would enjoy learning about Uganda and Africa, a new culture, and social justice at a global level. To this, therefore, teachers in colleges and universities (working with older students) may consider pairing with younger students in Uganda to use the project as a “buddy” activity.

Who long can my school participate? Can schools leave the program?

Any form of partnership is really impactful when it becomes a long-term project. For these reasons, we ask the international schools to commit for at least 3 years. This does not mean that, thereafter, the partnership is interrupted, but the partnership agreement will be reviewed – basing on the progress with regard to the pre-set goals.

Participation is voluntary, and a school / class can decide to terminate the partnership. However, under normal situations, we request international partner schools to talk about ending their partnership atleast 6 months before you can withdraw. This will help us to explore any other opportunities for schools out there proposing to participate in this program to be matched with the school to fill the gap!. 

How can my school join this program? (Step-by-step process).

All you need is willingness to coordinate the program at your school and be available to meet the schedules for this program.

A mandatory requirement is that you need to first commit to raising a minimum of $250 to buy a term’s supply of school supplies for their twin.  A Ugandan school year has 3 academic terms, so we expect international partners to confirm an annual financial goal of $750.

If you see these possible, you can contact us express interest in the project using the form at the bottom of the page and we will get in touch soon.

What likely activities could be under this project?

The main goal is to learn about each other’s lives, and experience ‘a true empowerment’ to help them express their own culture and absorb knowledge of their peers across the world, while also gaining valuable experience communicating and exchanging their opinions, skills, and potential.

While the actual projects or activates will jointly be planed and agreed upon by the partners to reach educational goals, here is a list of suggested ideas that apply to the Ministry of Education’s prescribed learning outcomes.

(i). Share information through video calls (internet), writing (letters and poetry), drawing (arts), photos, video-taping, and other student-generated ideas. By writing about themselves, pen-pals in partner schools learn to better express who they are and what their aspirations are in life.

+ Each school will prepare presentations on areas such as culture, home / family, school, water, animals, healthcare, food, language, etc.

+ Create ‘A Day In Life’ documentary showing what each child gets up to/ from through breakfast to evening (the life at home, in school and their community) in each country.

(ii). Each student /child will be linked with a pen-pal at their twinned school (similarly a class maybe linked with another class of their twin school), where children can pass on their lessons through letters and presentations (Messenger or Skype) to their peers or twins around the world throughout the year.

(iii). Stimulate sustainable educational improvement and secure the future of children in partner schools. This will involve;-

+ Assist in fundraising – students at/in international partner school will run fast-paced fundraisers to collect funds for a specific project at Ugandan partner school.

+ Participate in donation drives – collect and ship in-kind donations such as educational supplies, art materials, etc. Partner school will develop lists of needed items!

(iv). Promote exposure to interactive learning/teaching methods (through video calls: Skype or any other video call application) and donating appropriate teaching – learning aids

(v). Conduct exchange visits, where teachers and or a group of children under the guidance of a teacher can make trips to Uganda to meet, learn from and share with their peers at partner school.

What International schools/ students expect from Uganda counterparts?

(i). Twin schools/ students.

  • Written letter, arts pieces, photos, and video-taping on the school environment and student lifestyle (living environment – home, community, country).
  • Certificate for participation, Fundraising certificates (Letter of appreciation), Certificate of Achievement, etc.
  • Regular updates on the situation of the school and school children.
  • Detailed reports (narrative and financial) including photos/videos showing how funds have been spent.

(ii). PARC and its roles.

PARC will facilitate the ‘twinning’ of schools in the developed countries with those in Uganda. Therefore, PARC will coordinate the project, facilitating communication, overseeing implementation of the project activities under this partnership, and be solely responsible and accountable for the twin-school donations. We will, therefore;-

  • Provide support from initiating – and throughout the partnership.
  • Identify a Ugandan school and make the introduction giving project details.
  • Serve as a link and communication hub between twined schools/ students.
  • Promote the project on its website (and social media) – twinned schools will be recognized and their innovative student generated projects featured.
  • Receive all resources including funds donated through the partnership on behalf of the partner school.
  • Closely monitoring project and evaluate the level of achievements and impact.
  • Provide project reports on specific funded activities and periodic reports (either on term basis or annually) on the project.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

(i). International Schools/Students.

  • Learning about a different country, culture and new spectrum of challenges faced. Partners learn about each other’s lives and experience ‘a true empowerment’ to help them express their own culture and absorb knowledge of their peers across the world.
  • Inspiring and instilling global friendship, mindfulness, compassion, love. Its opens-up the children’s mindset of “racial divide” and allow for connectedness to each other thereby promoting world peace.
  • Students have the opportunity to establish and run pen-pals program. This creates friendship and exposes children to a global neighborhood.
  • Share information through letter-writing, arts, photos, videotaping, and other student-generated ideas. By writing about themselves, pen-pals in partner schools learn to better express who they are and what their aspirations are in life, hence gaining valuable experience communicating and exchanging their opinions, skills, and potential.
  • Promote exposure to alternative learning methods through peer interaction (letter exchange, video call meeting, teacher training, etc and probably exchange visits among partner schools.
  • Students develop critical skills such as communication, fundraising, and philanthropy that are necessary in creating a just and fair world.
  • Great awareness of the partner school, as full profile of linked school, with photographs, and case studies is posted PARC’s on the website and social media pages.

(ii) Ugandan students.

  • – Learning about a different country, culture and each other’s lives and experience ‘a true empowerment’ to help them express their own culture and absorb knowledge of their peers across the world.
  • Inspiring and instilling global friendship through pen-pal and unconditional connectedness is a true love gift critical in promoting world peace.
  • Share information through letter-writing, arts, photos, video-taping, and other student-generated ideas will promote confidence and build capacity of self-expression.
  • Promote exposure to alternative learning methods through peer interaction (letter exchange, video call meeting, teacher training, etc and probably exchange visits among partner schools.
  • Students develop critical skills such as communication, fundraising, and philanthropy that are necessary in creating a just and fair world.
  • Have opportunities to get an education as well as improved learning conditions (better books, good classrooms, ……….. etc) with support from their international twins (international schools).
  • Great awareness of the partner school, as full profile of linked school, with photographs, and case studies is posted PARC’s on the website and social media pages.

How can a school send the donation? And when?

All donations are send to PARC, which delivers them to the local partners. Financial contributes are send via the bank (details given on request) or western union, while in-kind donations (materials) are shipped to our postal address.

You have two options; either make payment the annual cost in a single installment or in 3 installment (sending each donation during the term/semester). For accounting purposes, it is preferable not to pay monthly.

How will my donation be used?

90% of any contribution and/ or donation through this project will be directed towards an identified basic need of your Ugandan partner school, 10% of the donation will be retained by PARC to support project administration (goes towards internet, letter printing, and staff transportation costs involved in coordinating activities in the partner school).

How is the communication with my partner school like?

All schools in Uganda use English as a medium, hence the students in Uganda do speak some English. The school/ students will communicate with their twinned schools through video calls (Messenger or Skype) and by writing letters that will be scanned and sent by e-mail through our address (as rural Ugandan schools/children do not know how to use internet or may not have their own accounts respectively).

PARC will serve as a communication hub (managing all correspondences through receiving and sending all communication materials), not only to monitor the project but also to ensure transparency and accountability – integrity of the project!

Your partnership support goes a long way beyond allowing PARC to well run quality education-related activities to boosting up the Ugandan education system through global learning, the development of the Ugandan school, and directly contributing to transforming the lives of vulnerable Ugandan children.

I AM INTERESTED IN SCHOOL TWINING!