Street Child implements new 'Education Cannot Wait' plan in Uganda
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – a global fund dedicated to providing education in emergencies – has committed US$ 11 million to go towards implementing the first year of Uganda’s new Education Response Plan for refugees and host communities (ERP).
The plan will be implemented by 17 leading education organisations including Street Child.
Kicking off in January 2019, the funds will support quality education for more than 100,000 children – both refugees and local host communities – of whom around 50% are girls. Activities will include constructing at least 100 new classrooms, training nearly 1,000 teachers, building more than 480 gender sensitive sanitation facilities in schools, and providing thousands of new textbooks. The funds will help to ensure that children with disabilities, child mothers and others who often miss out on school have access to education, for example by giving assistive devices such as hearing aids and braille textbooks, and providing psychosocial support.
The initial funding will focus on providing primary education and Accelerated Education Programmes (AEP), which help children who have missed years of schooling to catch up by teaching a specially adapted primary curriculum in just three years.
The ERP is the first of its kind worldwide and was developed to help respond to the huge needs in what is Africa’s biggest refugee education crisis. Uganda hosts more than 1.1 million refugees, and at least 57 percent of refugee children and 34% of children from the local host community are out of school. Classrooms are severely overcrowded, and there are not enough teachers, textbooks or other materials.