The Rwenzori Trust subsidises the school fees for approximately 43 children each year. Children are selected to receive these subsidies by a local committee of community representatives based in Ruboni. The Rwenzori Trust in the UK is not involved in the selection of students. All students are from families based in and around Ruboni village. Students are selected based on factors including need, disadvantaged status and school grades. Students who do not perform well academically may be replaced in the programme, and this incentivises students to work hard.
Our supported children are spread across many schools and institutions throughout Uganda. More and more of our supported children board, and families are willing to send their children far and wide in search of the best value education. We have traditionally focused on secondary education, but we occasionally support children in private primary school and we regularly support a small number in tertiary education. Tertiary education includes vocational courses, such as teaching and nursing, as well as university academic courses. The cost of tertiary education is much higher than secondary education, and for this reason some years the number of students sponsored is reduced to give greater financial support to tertiary students.