In 2017, the primary school completion rate in Uganda stood at 51% while the secondary school completion rate was 25.6%. Over 714,000 children of primary school age were not attending school.
Total enrolment at tertiary level following on from completion of secondary school stood at 5% (source: UNESCO Institute).
Education in Uganda is available in both government and privately operated schools, however the financial cost of school fees (in private schools), scholastic materials, uniforms and meals can result in education being inaccessible for children within families who are living in challenging circumstances. Without an access to an income, parents/guardians are most often unable to maintain their child's education.
How Nurture Africa is supporting access to formal education
- Through its child sponsorship programme, children are financially supported by international donors to attend primary, secondary and third level education in order to attain the highest level of education available to them.
- Through its "whole school" approach, Nurture Africa is supporting seven partner schools in Wakiso District, through:
The provision of teacher training for improved teaching methods.
Improving the physical environments of schools in order to make classrooms more conducive for learning.
Creating school vegetable plots in order to sow and harvest nutritious foods that the school can use to provide meals to school children and staff.
Working with school children's parents/guardians using our "Sustainable Livelihoods" model in order to support them to establish an income generating activity which can assist them to provide shelter, food and clothing for their families and ensure their children remain in education.
Vocational Education Project
Opportunities of employment for youth in Uganda who have failed to attain a high level of formal education are extremely limited. Youth unemployment stands at 62% and 70% of the population is under the age of 30.
Young people who have not gained a qualification in formal education are therefore in an extremely vulnerable position of being unable to provide for themselves as they enter early adulthood. This can result in social challenges and force young people into risky behaviour in order to provide for themselves.
How Nurture Africa is supporting youth empowerment
- Through its vocational training centre, Nurture Africa aims to equip predominantly vulnerable female adolescents (school drop outs, poverty stricken, young mothers, HIV infected)
with practical skills in:
in order to gain formal employment in Wakiso District, Uganda.
- Through the establishment of its business unit "Urban Village" vocational students are provided the opportunity to enhance practicability of learnt skills by serving the public on a daily basis.
This improves on the economic status of the youths through earning a daily wage and is also a sustainability strategy for the project and organisation.