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URDT Girls School

The URDT Girls' School links education to rural transformation through its 2-generations approach. It provides the compulsory national curriculum and trains student to become change agents  in their homes. By actively involving the parents through back home projects, workshops and functional adult literacy training, the school enhances family cooperation, shared vision and desire to collectively work towards self reliance, food security, tolerance, gender equity and happiness in the homes of the students. 

The URDTGS' mission is “to provide disadvantaged and talented girls and their homes with transformational and value based education that shapes character and personality, and creates excellence, prosperity, health, peace, freedom and happiness".

The school is not for profit institution that offers education to girls and their families that are unable to provide most of the basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care, clean safe water and education. The girl's potential talents are assessed through specially designed interviews and home visits.

The URDTGS enhances the students' academic success as well as their skills in leadership, commercial farming and enterpreneurship, preventive health care, envirionmental management and gender consciousness.

The school started in 2000 to address need of orphaned and other vulnerable girls for transformational education in Kibaale District. Although the Government provides universal primary and secondary education, their schools lack the capacity and vision of preparing students and their families for good and happy life in rural setting.

In 2009, the URDTGS educates 240 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The school's co-curricular activities reached over 1200 home members, 6000 community members and students and 2 million listeners. In 2003. the District Inspector of School declared URDTGS model school of Kibaale district. The URDTGS has won national prizes from FAWE-U (2002), the European Commission-U (2006) and the National Book Trust (2003, 2005 and 2007) and various sport competitions (2004-2007).

The institutional linkages with URDT's community radio, Institute for Vocational Studies and Appropriate Technologies, the Human rights and Peace Centre and ARU provide rich human resource base.

READ MORE: in the URDTGS's brochure and the annual reports.