Theme for 2016:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me: Phil 4:13"

Welcome to Mengo Senior School

Mengo Senior School is located on Hoima Road Plot 422, Block 10. It was founded in 1895 by the Church Missionary Society (CMS). This makes it the oldest school in Uganda. It is a co-educational government aided school with a current ratio of 1:2 girls to boys. It offers general academic subjects, vocational and technical subjects, 29 in number. The school, though Church of Uganda Founded, admits students of all faiths. It provides secular education which is in line with the Uganda national goals and objectives of education.
The school recognizes the global trends and has always organised and re-organised its curricula to suit the needs of the changing world basing on the national curriculum.

The Foundation Body

The school was founded and is owned by Namirembe Diocese, Church of Uganda (Anglican). The Foundation body nominates 5 (five) members to the Board of Governors; one of whom is the Chairperson. The current chairman of the Foundation body is Rt.Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira – Bishop of Namirembe Diocese.
(See Education (Pre-primary, Primaries and Post – primary) Act 2008, Section 58, 59 Part II sub-section (a)).

History of the school

As earlier mentioned, the founding of Mengo Senior School dates to the early days of the missionaries in Uganda. In their effort to preach the Word of God and win the souls of Ugandans, they soon discovered that formal education was one of the strategic baits to convert people from their "heathen ways"...

Thus in 1895, an elementary mixed school (Kayanja) was founded at Mengo, the then capital of Uganda. Its location and appearance is described by Amos Kalule Sempa in his article; “African schools, (1941)” thus: “The first building of this school was situated between the present Namirembe (Mengo) primary school building and Namirembe Cathedral. Its walls were made of reeds and the roof was of grass”.
One of the founder teachers was a missionary called Miss Chadwick. She started by inviting a number of young men into her house. These were mostly houseboys of missionaries of Namirembe Hill. Initially they came into her house every afternoon for
prayers and other subjects. She then requested them to visit the chiefs and ask them to send their children to school. Due to the nature of their work these young men came to be known as Basizi (sowers). ‘When the newcomers would come, they would be taught by Basizi while Chadwick taught the Basizi...

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