The government has launched an Education Response Plan (ERP) aimed at skilling all school-going children in the several refugee settlement areas in Uganda as well as host communities.
Speaking at the launch of the second phase of the project on Wednesday, the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni revealed that government will need additional Shs1.6 Trillion ($450m) to fund the project. She added that ERP will benefit about 674,895 learners per year.
“Our vision is to significantly enhance learning outcomes and skills training for children and youth in refugee-hosting areas,” Ms.Museveni said. “I commend the resilience of our host communities in their steadfast support. Together, we can ensure equitable access to quality education for all.”
According to Janet Museveni, the first education program launched in 2018-2021 saw remarkable progress, “with the gross enrolment ratio of refugees in primary and secondary schools rising substantially.”
The enrollment of refugee learners in primary schools, for instance, grew from 58.2 percent in 2018 to 88.5 percent in 2021.
Munir Safieldin, the United Nations Children’s Fund- UNICEF country representative, commended Uganda for hosting refugees and planning for them holistically.
“We are pleased to see some improvements in their learning achievements during Phase I of the ERP and are confident that the second phase of the ERP will carry more positive news.”
Uganda hosts about 1.5 million refugees, mostly from South Sudan, and also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, according to the UN.