Keep Children Learning
Uganda has achieved a high enrolment rate in primary schools of over 96 per cent. There are roadblocks, however, such as violence in schools, or a low quality of teaching, that keep children from fulfilling their right to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.
Currently only half of enrolled students finish a complete course of primary schooling, and out of those who finish primary level, only about one half of those go on to secondary school.
To keep Ugandan children learning, UNICEF is working with the Government and partners to improve the quality of schools and learning; promote and expand the Girls’ Education Movement; and support early childhood development.
When students enter school, they may not have the basic skills, socially or cognitively, to learn. Many children fail to enrol at the right age – but timely enrolment, especially of girls, is often critical to achieving a full course of primary education.
In addition to helping children take maximum advantage of primary school at the right time, the developmental benefits of Early Childhood Development will extend well into life beyond childhood.
Improving the Quality of Schools and Learning
UNICEF works closely with the Government and partners to help improve the quality of primary school teaching and learning, to ensure schools are child-friendly and to improve the management of the education system nationally. An overarching part of this effort is helping the Ministry of Sports and Education successfully implement its Basic Requirements and Minimum Standards (BRMS) for schools, which are child-friendly standards.
UNICEF has contributed significantly to the development of key national policies and guidelines, including a Gender in Education Policy for Disadvantaged Children, and a Safe Schools Handbook, while also supporting training and skills enhancement to teachers, inspectors, and education personnel.
UNICEF promotes girls’ education because it benefits all children, girls and boys, and improves the chances future generations will live longer, go to school, and have access to sustainable opportunities.
Learn more on Child-Friendly Schools (CFS) in Uganda