Three countries - three programs

Uganda


Misconceptions about female education, empowerment.
and marriage are common.

In Karamajong Region, a remote area in Northern Uganda there are tribes that are often at war with on another; Cattle raids and misconceptions about pregnancy and female education exist. The education system in this region has rarely been able to empower young girls to graduate and enter high schools.

The regions around Kampala and Entebbe have long served as the nerve centers for learning in Uganda, and Growth Through Learning with the assistance of Sr. Salome ( GTL Uganda Coordinator) made transport fees available for the girls from Karamoja who travel from far to attend school.


Statistics speak for themselves


50

% of female youth (aged 15-24) are illiterate

90

% of an educated girls income is invested in her family

The high cost of education prevents the most marginalised girls from getting an education. Eliminating school fees and offsetting indirect costs of girls’ schooling has helped to increase enrolment and keep girls in school all over the world..

With development of structures and government policies free secondary education was introduced. However, this has shown a direct pressure to learning facilities, quality and even teachers required. Now, there is an observed chance that although access is improved quality has reduced.

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Education System.

School Entrance Age: Primary School- Age 6

Duration and Official Ages for School Cycle

Primary: 7 years- Ages 6-12

Secondary: 6years- Age 13-18

Academic Year Start: February End: December


Growth Through Learning Activities

The regions around Kampala and Entebbe have long served as the nerve centers for learning in Uganda, and Growth Through Learning established its presence in this region in the first years of the organization. More recently, however, Growth Through Learning has worked closely with Sister Salome Nambi, her religious sisters and leadership at our partner schools to provide educational opportunities for girls from the more volatile and remote regions of Uganda. Karamoja Region is a remote area in Uganda that has tribes that are often at war with on another; Cattle raids and misconceptions about pregnancy and female education exist.

The education system in this region has rarely been able to empower young girls to graduate and enter high schools. The long journey from Karamoja to Central means that these students would remain with the Sisters at school during school holidays, but the program immediately had applicants. The Sisters, the schools and Growth Through Learning now make sure that all of our students have the excess funds for transportation and supplies that they need, but the determination of these students and their parents continues to inspire us.

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