Uganda Schools

Cafe sci - Uganda


Café Sci was an informal learning program that complemented science teaching and learning in Ugandan secondary schools. The program was funded by the International Engagement program of the Wellcome Trust. 

At Café Sci, students met working scientists from academic institutions, research centres, medical facilities, etc. to engage with each other on contemporary issues in science and technology, outside the science curriculum. 

Our goal was to help students explore new ideas in science and technology that they are interested in, beyond the limits of their school curriculum, syllabus, exams or classroom; to develop the independent, questioning and critical thinking required to study science; to open a window on scientists' work and public views of science; and to develop their leadership skills.

Café Sci ran in 35 schools in Kampala, Mukono, Luwero and Mukono. Cafe Sci was open to all schools, rural, urban and semi-urban, government-run or privately-owned, and regardless of students' sex or religion.

This project formally ended in October 2014, although school cafes in Kampala and Mbale are continuing independently. A second project, Cafe Sci East Africa, ran from 2014 to 2017.