Ocer Campion Jesuit College fills a desperate need for secondary education in the war-ravaged area of northern Uganda, around the city of Gulu. It is a co-educational Catholic boarding school in the Gulu Archdiocese and the first Jesuit Secondary School in Uganda.
Because of insecurity, families were forced to leave their homes and live in internally displaced peoples’ camps. This created a culture of dependency and fear. There was little investment in youth or infrastructure in the following years. As the region rebuilds itself from the legacy of the Lord’s Resistance Army, education is pivotal to its progress. While poverty is still widespread, human resilience is tangible as families re-orientate their lives from the day-to-day survival of the displacement camps towards optimism for the future. Ocer is part of this regeneration.
The college contributes to SDG 4:’ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning’ of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.