Our Peace School is now open !
The Uganda Buddhist Peace School (UBPS) began at the Uganda Buddhist Centre on Sunday, November 30, 2008 with four students. Their ages were from five to eleven years old. Bhante Buddharakkhita began with a Dhamma story that relates to real life experience. Then, Ugandan and visiting volunteers expounded upon this teaching. The teachers and children were keen to share their own experiences in taking that which has not been given. The number of children attending Peace School has already more than doubled. The School had a membership of fifteen or more students. The teachers are both international and local volunteers, including a local teacher, who translates from English into Luganda. The first batch of kids were offered scholarship fund for the annual school fees. Donations of blackboard were generously offered by local Sri Lankan Buddhists. Other people offered exercise books to the kids for the whole term.
Purpose of the school:
Our Peace school is run only on Sunday. Our major focus is ethical conduct and mindfulness for peace and happiness. Therefore, this is the only peace school of its kind in Uganda.
Our goals are:
- To provide education in moral or ethical conduct so that kids can become excellent citizens.
- To teach English to kids so that they can improve on their communication skills.
- To provide financial support to poor kids or orphans whose parents or relatives could not afford school fees.
- To provide mindfulness and awareness education in order to contribute to peace to the individual, society and environment at large.
Our peace school had an humble start. Currently we have NO permanent structure for classrooms though we can make use of the space in a small library at the Temple and sometimes in a tent or open space!
Ideology for the peace promoting for Uganda:
Our main focus is to train the kids to live in peace with themselves through non-harming and training the mind. We believe that the kids are our future generation and nurturing their way of life will foster peace in their family, society and world. They can enjoy greater happiness and freedom. Likewise, the kids can share in the same freedom.