In 1997, the Government of Uganda introduced the Universal Primary Education program to provide free primary education. Enrollment increased from 3.1 million pupils in 1996 to 8.4 million in 2013.
But this success is overshadowed by high dropout rates and poor-quality schooling. According to UNESCO (2012), 68% of children in Uganda are likely to drop out before finishing the primary cycle due to several challenges: gender inequalities, low motivation of teachers, child marriages, lack of awareness of the benefits of education among parents, and poverty as mandatory school fees remain a substantial challenge for most children.
Supporting Schools to become “Good Schools” which means having qualified & motivated teachers, a conducive & non-violent learning environment, and a responsive and progressive administration
Advocacy & Support for marginalized Girls
Developing a School Information Management System to monitor attendance
Promoting Counseling and Guidance programs
Advocating for Positive Discipline instead of Corporal Punishments
Organizing School Debates
Sensitizing Parents and Teachers on the Importance of Education through school out reaches, Radio Talk Shows and Community Dialogues
Engaging Government Officials and Ministries
Collaborating directly with schools and involving nearby communities is a proven approach that effects positive change: Enrollment rates increase, teacher-student relationships improve, children and parents become aware of the benefits of education, and schools begin to support girls by providing sanitary pads, scholastic materials, and separate washrooms.