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Education for Liberation, Education for Dignity

The Story of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women

Wesley A. Stroud

This work focuses on creating a narrative concerning the development of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women in Gulu, Uganda, which was started by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and is an adult primary education program for women. This study utilized a narrative inquiry design to describe the experiences and significant relationships of individuals who contributed to the development of St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women. The story offers insight into the challenges and successes of developing educational opportunities for women in the post-conflict setting of northern Uganda. The narrative contributes to the knowledge base concerning leadership strategies in education positioned within a multi-cultural collaborative effort. Sister Rosemary’s motivations, purpose, and vision provide an inspirational example of how pioneering educational opportunities for others can be accomplished.

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