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Accelerated basic education for out-of-school children in western Uganda

With this project, we help deprived children in rural western Uganda with access to equitable and sustainable quality basic education, providing them with accelerated literacy-, numeracy- and life skills necessary for transitioning into further formal education or vocational education towards safe employment.

  • Where
    Kasese, Uganda
  • Focus area
  • Duration
    3 years
    May 2016 - April 2019
  • Economy
    Hempel Foundation: DKK 5 million
Prime partner: Save the Children

Uganda’s education system has evolved over the past two decades following the introduction of a Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme however, some vulnerable families cannot afford paying the associated education costs such as uniforms, books, stationery.

In the Rwenzori region where this project is implemented, the drop-out rate is 80% in primary school, compared to 68% nationally

The reasons are multiple and include lack of quality education, poor nutrition, poor livelihood prospects and lack of access to health and other public services as well as high prevalence of abuse and exploitation.

Through an Accelerated Learning Programme this project provides basic education for out-of-school children. All enrolled children are followed closely to support their attendance and progression throughout the programme which is formally recognised by the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science, Technology & Sports.

The project aims to:

  1. Increase access to and availability of basic education facilities for out-of-school deprived and marginalized children
  1. Improve the quality of education in order to ensure that out-of-school children acquires an accelerated basic education and possibility for transition into further education either within the public school system or vocational training within the Youth Empowerment Support (YES) programme
  1. Enhance community and government capacity to increase investment and engagement through active involvement of national and respective local governments in promoting education for out-of-school children.