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Education Ministry Launches Ugx 1 trillion Refugee Education Plan

The 1 trillion Shillings plan aims to improve access and quality of learning across all levels of education in the refugee hosting districts of Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Kampala, Hoima, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Koboko, Kyegegwa, and Lamwo, over the next three years.

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More than 500,000 learners are set to benefit from the newly launched Education Response Plan for refugee settlements and host communities.

The 1 trillion Shillings plan aims to improve access and quality of learning across all levels of education in the refugee hosting districts of Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Kampala, Hoima, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Koboko, Kyegegwa, and Lamwo, over the next three years.

It will cover the construction and rehabilitation of classroom blocks, provision of essential scholastic and instruction materials and hiring more teachers to close the teacher-pupil ratio. It will also cater for accelerated education programs targeting youths that had dropped out of school.

Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza says that the plan will enable the ministry of education to deliver quality education to all children in refugee hosting areas.

"The influx of refugees has strained all services in hosting districts and schools have not been left unaffected. This plan will help us address the issues like lack of classrooms and study materials in these schools," Kakooza said at the launch of the programme in Kampala today.

The plan was developed by the Education ministry with support from UN agencies and international development organizations. It will cater to the education needs of learners from pre-primary to vocational schools. Implementation of the plan is expected to start November 2018 and will be overseen by Save the Children during its first year.

Save the Children Country Director Brechtje van Lith called upon the entire donor community to provide funding for the plan as a way to fulfill their commitments to refugees.

 

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Jennie Barugh, the Head of the British Department for International Development- DFID says the plan will settle the discrepancies regarding refugee numbers in the country. "There have been challenges in validating the numbers of refugees in the country. We hope that this plan will address these challenges since it will make it easy to monitor the number of children in school."

Education and Sports Minister Janet Museveni also called upon the implementers of the program not to waste resources of the plan by putting up unwanted buildings.

 

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As of April of 2018, 1.5 million refugees were estimated to be living in Uganda.  61 percent of these are children most of which are not in school. Data from the ministry shows that at least 350,000 refugee children and 171,000 children from host communities are not enrolled in school.