Mrs Mukasa, the new headmistress at Masindi Secondary State School, finds herself in dire financial straits; three quarters of the students have failed to pay their school fees and the teachers have gone without full pay for three months. She is determined that all children should be forced to pay and instigates a tough new gate policy that is supposed to catch the defaulters. But her students are desperate to get into school; Eddie, an orphan, tries to scrape the school fees money together through odd jobs and support from his brother. And Justice, a skilled dodger, crawls under the fence and tricks his teachers with a borrowed payment card to get into class.
Each year Masindi Secondary School runs Prefect Elections but this year is going to be different: a change in the rules allows girls to run for Head Prefect for the first time ever. Susan, a remarkable and strong-willed girl, takes up the challenge and competes to be Head Prefect, a job that all the boys in the school think can only be done by one of their number. Nelson, meanwhile, stands against her. Twenty-first century feminism takes centre stage and male pride, female emancipation and girl power are all at stake as Susan and Nelson take to the hustings to fight for the top spot.
It's not just the reputation of Masindi Secondary School's coaching staff at stake - the pride of the whole school is hanging on the progress of its soccer team. This is the fast moving story of of the school’s progress in the highly competitive Coca-Cola Cup. It's a chance to experience the dreams of the players. Shem and the others dream of the potential riches on offer if their skills impress the talent scouts - enough to support their whole families. But football fever can be contagious, and as it grips the school a pitch invasion and a full scale riot unfold.
Early pregnancy forces 6,000 girls out of schooling in Uganda every year. When he took up the post of headmaster at Kamurasi Primary School, Mr Ntairaho introduced a system of surprise pregnancy testing believing that it protects the girls from prostitution and ‘defilement’, and reduces the drop-out rate. We follow Christine, a final year student who fears she is pregnant, as she is put in for the test.
16 year old Dickson is a schoolboy womaniser in a puritanical country. He risks seven years imprisonment for having sex under the age of 18 and the evangelical Christians ram home the message that sex before marriage is wrong. He has already seen his father, 6 uncles, 3 aunts and his sister die of ‘that disease,’ as he calls AIDS. This remarkable film gives insight into why God is so big in Africa. The local evangelical church, The Miracle Centre promises Dickson spiritual salvation and possibly a cure from AIDS, if he’ll become born again. He is spurred on by the outspoken schoolgirl evangelist Prossy and a touching friendship emerges. It’s a personal journey in which he confronts himself and God whilst facing the consequences of an HIV test.
Primary school headmaster Mr Ntairaho is taking part in a survey of displaced children in the Masindi district. The area is full of people who have fled the gruesome fighting further north, where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is taking on the Ugandan government and terrorising the local population.
This film is also the story of Opio, an orphan who came to Masindi after his parents were killed by the LRA fighting. Opio is a skilled athlete, striving to follow in his father's footsteps and run at national level.
Parents Mr and Mrs Bagamba are facing a financial crisis, and feel these mystical figures may be the solution to their problem. Meanwhile, head teacher Mr Ntairaho is determined to put a stop to the influence of superstition in his school - but he still manages a traditional dance to win a competition.
The pupils prepare for their exams and hope their dreams will become reality. Anifa longs to reach secondary school and has been given another chance to qualify. High-flying 18-year-old Esther has high hopes of winning a scholarship to nursing college, while Patrick thinks of nothing more than his pop career.