Our Projects-A Video Snapshot
Christ School Bundibugyo is one of numerous projects carried out by Serge Staff in the Bundibugyo District. Serge began work in Bundibugyo in 1986. The initial emphasis on evangelism, church-planting, and development saw some success, however, by the late ‘90s they saw a clear need for a transformational immersion experience to shape the next generation of young people. In 1999, Christ School was established with a vision to develop tomorrow’s leaders for Bundibugyo and beyond by providing an excellent academic education in the context of the Christian faith. Today, Christ School Bundibugyo has an enrollment of 300 students.
School PhilosophyThe philosophy of Christ School is that in order for education to truly address root causes of problems in society, it must be accompanied by changes in belief. As national leaders with a Christian worldview emerge, they will know best how to approach specific issues in their own communities. Only the gospel has the power to radically change students’ hearts and communities. To that end, our students are challenged spiritually through weekly chapel meetings, Sunday on-campus worship services, and teacher-led discipleship meetings.
In addition to academic and spiritual development, one of the school’s core values is service to the local community. Students are encouraged to view their education as a privilege, not an entitlement, and the staff works to impart a vision for service to family, village, district, and country. During their 4–6 years at school, many have the opportunity to be mentored in servant leadership roles, and explore their unique strengths and gifts. We believe that both the church and the community as a whole will benefit from the lives of these students. This kind of investment in people is often slow to bring change, but we believe the changes that do come will be lasting.
Christ School Bundibugyo, now in its sixteenth year, continues to provide quality education and a nurturing Christian environment where spiritual formation can occur for Bundibugyo District's leaders of tomorrow.
The school currently costs $165,000 annually (80% of this cost goes directly to teacher payroll and feeding costs of students/Ugandan staff).
About the DistrictGeographic isolation and rebel warfare have kept Bundibugyo District underdeveloped compared to the rest of Uganda, where it consistently ranked in the bottom 10% of the country on various education measures. This had left the district at the mercy of leaders from the outside, or unqualified or unethical leaders from within. However, change is beginning to take place! In 2012, CSB ranked in the TOP 12% of Ugandan secondary schools from exams.
We are also beginning to see the "sprouts" of seeds planted by the work at CSB. Recently, a few of the Christ School graduates have returned home after completing university to serve their community – as teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, and social justice advocates.
As we look at the future growth of the church, Bundibugyo needs educated leaders who can think critically about the faith, preach biblical sermons, lead others in Scripture study, and provide leadership.