AFSS is a Catholic co-educational boarding school in the Pader Town Council of Northern Uganda, founded as a response to the decimation of war. During the height of the insurgence in 2002, desperately concerned parents approached the office of the Archbishop of Gulu for help with the education of their children.
More than 80% of the population was living in camps for displaced persons, the school system had collapsed, and poverty had reached dehumanizing levels. The Vicar General of the Gulu archdiocese, Msgr. Matthew Odong, heard the plea for help and began his appeal for money from friends he had made during mission trips to the United States.
AFSS became operational on February 16, 2009 with 37 co-ed students. Enrollment numbers continued to grow. In 2015 the school finally added the last two grades of high school with a total enrollment of 510 students. The dream is very much alive.
The mission of AFSS is to be among the best performing schools in the country, offering quality education to the youth of Uganda who still suffer from the 22-year war that created abject poverty for most families in that area. Thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors, the mission is succeeding. The performance of AFSS students in governmental exams is very good and the school has developed a reputation for academic excellence.
(AFSS) remains committed to being among the best performing schools in Uganda. The students and staff are focused and hard-working, motivated for spiritual growth and academic performance. In 2015, AFSS ranked 57th out of 2900 secondary schools in all of Uganda, and 2nd out of all schools in the northern region.