According to the Sauti ZaWanainchi survey conducted between July and August 2020, flush toilets are used by just 1 per cent of the country’s population. It showed that even in urban areas, only 3 per cent of the population had access to flush toilets.
As the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marks the 2020 international Day for Universal Access to Information 28 September, it is emerging that in Uganda, the law is more of on paper than practice.
Julian Komuhangi, the Commissioner Environmental Health at the Ministry said access to clean water is especially important now in the wake of Corona Virus disease (COVID 19) but many communities are still reluctant on taking handwashing seriously.
According to results of the study, majority of Ugandans (about 54%) say that the sub-county governments take their views into account in decisions while fewer (35%) report that they believe the national government considers their views.
Betty Namagembe, the Masaka District Education Officer indicates that community members especially parents are not effectively utilizing the available opportunities to secure education for their children. She explains that many parents are reluctant at provide children with the basic requirements.
Last findings from a qualitative study from across Uganda in the months of September and October by Twaweza found out that a large percentage of pupils continue to drop out of school as a result of pregnancy. Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo, the Uwezo Regional Manager, Twaweza East Africa argues that schools need to become safe spaces for girls.
The most popular reason given for not approaching the teacher was the fear of negative repercussions. Parents do see teacher attendance as the primary responsibility of the school or head teacher said the report.