The Ugandan government provides free education in all public primary schools, and in selected secondary schools, but the poor still have trouble accessing quality education. Most rural schools have had enormous challenges ranging from lack of structural facilities, over-crowded classrooms, lack of teaching materials, and more, which hinder children from accessing quality education.
Education is critical in eradicating poverty, so without educated young people, the communities will become poorer. It is important in improving health; each additional year of educational attainment can reduce the risk of HIV infection and delay a woman’s first pregnancy.
It is well known that “universal access to education” does not mean free education, especially with an overcrowded system, lacking learning facilities, and full of overworked teachers and administrators. Both the poor families (parents) and school administration need help to send children to school as well as keep these children engaged with schooling. On the other hand, the children need support to keep motivated and ensure that they be able to complete their education. We are strengthening educational system, where we support educational infrastructure, increasing access to educational resources including use of technology to ensure academic success of the children.
Without quality education, Uganda is unlikely to achieve the National Development Goals, the Education for All (EFA) goals, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).