It was against this background that Nserester Complex International was established 23 years ago. It has transformed education, from the traditional (academic) form of instruction, to a more integrated and vocationalised approach.
The centre assists needy children and orphans. Studens get elementary education integrated with technical skills, computer science competence and driving lessons.
Located in Nyendo Masaka Uganda, a few metres away from Nyendo Total Highway, the institution emphasises academic excellence and skills development to enable students become self-supportive.
“I wish every school in Africa buys the Nserester mission,” said Vicent Ssempijja, the Masaka LC5 chairman by then, now a Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (Uganda).
Nserester Complex International comprises a modern Secondary School and a technical college. The Secondary Section (level) provides additional vocational subjects to students.
There is also a Technical and Business School with more than 20 courses. Currently, the institution boasts of 1000 graduates employed in various sectors. In addition, 140 students have obtained degrees in local universities, while more than 50 have obtained scholarships in foreign universities.
Because of its unique curriculum, the school has attracted high ranking personalities to learn from its educational model.
“I always ask people to visit Nserester and caution them to emulate that kind of education,” remarked Edward Ssekandi, the Speaker of Uganda Parliament by then, currently a vice president of Uganda Government.
“When writing the curriculum for community polytechnic, comprehensive secondary and vocation secondary, we refer to Nserester Complex as our model,” said Engineer Francis Okinyal, the Ministry of Education commissioner for business, vocational and technical education and training by then.
Students at the institution are given opportunity to attempt different curriculae to find what is suitable to them. At the institution, students are given options to pursue academics, seek employment or become self-employed after Form Four or Six.
On the other hand, students in the community polytechnic section pursue two technical subjects, plus integrated Science, English and Mathematics.
Currently, the institution handles students from over East African countries.
Peter Taylor, the patron of Nserester, said his father, the late Bishop John Venon Taylor who served as a CMS Missionary, encouraged Dr Isaac Nsereko to set up Nserester.
Dr Nsereko started the institution in 1996, on a 50 by 80 foot piece of land, with one classroom, under a Jack fruit tree. The complex now has over 400 children between the ages of 12 and 20.
The complex has a committed staff of 50. The Nserester vocational secondary school was started in 2000.