“If this school was not here, I would not have three daughters at secondary school,” says Elias Twinemujuni, a father of six.

With a monthly income of less than £20, earned from his work as a church reader and by growing crops on a small scale, it is hard for Elias to make ends meet. Yet he describes the education of his children as his priority.

“I want my girls to be in school. I am struggling so that they won’t have to struggle in the future.”

When Peas Kigarama School opened three years ago, it was the answer to Elias’ prayers. “Local leaders told us that a school was being built that would cater for poor people like us,” he says. “It is only 40 minutes by bicycle from where we live and the fees are low compared with other schools. Peas allows me to pay in instalments – they are patient. So if I sell a bunch of bananas and get some money I bring it into the school when I can.”

Besides matoke (green bananas), Elias also grows millet and beans. Sometimes he pays the fees with beans, which the school cooks need for pupils’ lunches and suppers.

But it is not just the flexibility of payment that makes him such a fan of the school. “There are very high standards of education here,” he says. “Just look at the mark sheets. The students here can readily compete with those from other schools."

"Every time I come here I can see with my own eyes what a good atmosphere there is – even the security guard is helpful. I have told all my neighbours what a great school this is.”

Elias’ eldest daughter has already completed S4 at Kigarama and moved on to another school to take the equivalent of A levels. The next two, Irene, who at 15 is in S4, and 12-year-old Annitah in S1, have aspirations to become an engineer and a doctor respectively.

“I was targeting to become a lawyer,” says their father of his own ambitions, “but because my mother was a widow and had no money, I missed some stages of my schooling and what I did have was of a poor standard.”