The power of a child’s general education cannot be over emphasized. Primary, secondary and higher education provide the building blocks for one’s future career, family and livelihood. But as we continue to understand, education, especially in the third world, goes beyond grasping the basics of algebra, science or even basic job skills. Education is one of the best ways out of poverty. It improves the health of a nation as children learn the basics of hygiene and relay this to their families. Additionally, schools often provide meals, helping with malnutrition. Educated children, especially girls, are less likely to marry at a young age and more likely to engage in family planning. They are less likely to be victims of abuse and more apt to reinvest in their own communities. Education revolutionizes people and countries and we are eager to help promote it as best we can.
Education in Uganda
Schools in Uganda are very formal and teachers are highly respected by the pupils and other members of the community. Most children have a strong desire to attend school and value their education. It is not uncommon for children to walk up to 5 or 6 miles to school and then back at the end of the day. The education structure in Uganda is based on 7 – 4 – 2 plan.
7 years in Primary School
4 years in Secondary School
2 years in High School
After high school, a student can attend a University for a degree or an Institution for a Diploma.
Children, who are fortunate enough to attend school, usually start their education around age 7. However, a lot of children never get to attend at all, for a variety of reasons, such as illness, the need to work at home, the inability to pay school fees or the lack of available schools.
The academic year in Uganda begins in February and ends in December. There are three terms in each school year lasting about 3 months each. During the school year, the students have about a three week break between each term.
All pupils must wear a school uniform with a badge showing the name of their school. Different schools will have different color and different styles of uniforms.
Nursery (Pre-Primary Schools)
Nursery education does exist in Uganda but very few children attend because most parents cannot afford the cost. There is no direct government control or provision at the pre-school level. There are also a limited number of teachers available especially in villages and very rural areas.