Updated: Oct 31, 2022
Upward Junior School, Bweyale was initiated by Sunday Sula, the AAI director in Uganda to support the development of education for children with special needs, especially hearing-impaired children. The vision for this school began in 2009, initiated by Sunday Sula the AAI director in Uganda.
The first step was to purchase suitable land. This was found in Bweyale, a rural town, 4 hours north from the capital city, Kampala. The second step was to establish a successful Primary School, which would then extend to provide for children with special needs. In 2013 the school opened its door for services and a total of 34 pupils registered for classes from primary one – primary five.
By 2022 the enrolment had risen to approximately 800 children, many of them coming from the nearby Kiryandongo Refugee settlement. In 2020 due to the unavailability of Teachers for the Deaf, a program was developed to achieve the original vision, by sponsoring hearing-impaired children to attend a Specialist School. Hearing impaired children from the area will be supported by Upward Primary through to any level of education.