SHAK JUNIOR SCHOOL is a mixed (nursery and primary) private school in Bulabakulu Municipality. Bulabakulu is located two hours by car north of the national capital Kampala in Luwero District (Zirobwe Sub County). Currently, 192 children are taught by 9 full-time teachers. As a private institution, it is government accredited (EMIS number 210756) and is committed to teaching in accordance with the rules and agreements of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Uganda.
In addition, Islamic and Catholic religious instruction is provided, in each case in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the respective religious community.
The school has so far been financed exclusively through school fees paid by parents. There is no state support, no support from the municipality and no contributions from the religious communities. If there are unforeseen gaps in the financing, the owner and director has to help out with his private assets. He himself does not receive a salary from the school. He lives off the income his wife earns from a store in Kampala.
In addition, the school has to live with a contradiction. On the one hand, it is supposed to be a school for the weak/disadvantaged, i.e. for children from low-income lower classes and from households with almost no income. Consequently, the school fees must of course also be appropriately low to enable these strata to attend school in the first place. On the other hand, the aim is to provide as comprehensive and good a school education as possible in a well-equipped environment.
From mid-March 2020 to January 10, 2022, all schools in the country were closed by order of the government of Uganda due to the COVID pandemic. Only since 10.01.2022, after 83 weeks, all schools were allowed to reopen, – including SHAK Junior School.