Ocer Campion Jesuit College

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.

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Warm welcomes for Irish teachers in Gulu, Uganda

Art teachers in Gulu

Jacqueline with Art teacher colleagues in Gulu

Jacqueline Barry Duke, teacher at St Declan's Primary School, writes about her experience as a member of the Jesuit formation visit group to Ocer Campion School in Gulu, Uganda.

Irish teachers in Uganda

Ocer Campion Teachers


In accompaniment and solidarity

Last October, during the school mid-term break, volunteer representatives from the five Jesuit colleges in Ireland took part in a formation visit to Uganda. It is a programme in accompaniment and solidarity with colleagues in the wider Ignatian family. This is the second venture in collaboration with Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu, in this calendar year led by Bríd Dunne, Irish Jesuit Missions (IJM) Development Education Coordinator. Here is her reflection.

Mission Month: in partnership and collaboration

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Ocer Campion Jesuit College (OCJC) is the first Jesuit secondary school in Uganda. It is a Catholic boarding school open to both boys and girls of all religious backgrounds. It’s multidenominational, open approach is enhanced by regular visitors sharing their expertise while learning from the staff and students there. 

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