Cotton On Foundation open four schools and 2,000 educational places
During August, the Group’s philanthropic arm, the Cotton On Foundation recognised its biggest achievement to date in 11 years.
The Cotton On Foundation has a goal of creating 20,000 education places by the year 2020, and on Friday, 14 August, the Foundation celebrated the opening of four restored schools within Southern Uganda, its largest global project area, which has created education places for 2,000 students and marks their biggest step toward 20,000 places to date.
In 2016 the Foundation, along with the help of hardworking locals, began the re-build of the 4K outreach schools; Kyampalakata, Kensekka, Kalyamenvu and Kasomolo within the Rakai and Lwengo districts.
Outreach schools include primary schools which accommodate for 500 students from neighbouring villages who, without these schools, would need to walk hours a day to get to a central school, known as the hub for surrounding villages.
The build of outreach schools mean that students no longer need to walk from one community to another to reach school; they’re able to get their education closer to home – the driving factor for the Foundation in creating these four brand new facilities.
In order to create these educational places across the project areas of Southern Uganda, Thailand, South Africa and Australia, Cotton On Foundation products are sold in-store and through the Group’s e-Commerce platform; cottonon.com with 100% of the proceeds going toward building these schools.
Thanks to Foundation customers, ambassadors, Southern Uganda communities and Cotton On Group team member, this is what the four schools now include:
The Foundation’s most challenging school from a construction perspective with the site on a rocky hillside with poor soil quality. The project includes 10 new classrooms, offices, teacher accommodation, toilets and an amphitheatre.
Includes an outdoor amphitheatre, biogas toilets and kitchen and 500 new educational places.
One of the most remote communities the Foundation operate in, Kalyamenvu students no longer need to study under trees, outdoors or without shelter from the weather.
First established in 1945, making it the oldest school in the region, the school now includes an outdoor amphitheatre and biogas toilets and kitchen.
These new facilities have made all the difference to the student’s futures and will ensure that the thousands of students who will walk through these school doors in the years to come receive the quality education they deserve.