Education & Skills

Over 45.9% of Uganda's population is a school going age, its also unfortunate that that about only 12.9% can access quality education.

Bugisu Region had a literacy capacity of about 54% and 46% illiteracy by 1995 but now Adult illiteracy is 44%. Majority of the illiterate population is female about 64%. Majority of the illiterate population lives in rural areas depending on peasantry Agricultural production is the major source of earning. The elites live in urban areas especially Mbale Town.

The children under ten years are attending free universal education in Primary Schools (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education has been introduced to ‘A’ level. Loan scheme for needy students taking science courses has also been introduced in public and private homesteads by government of Uganda. There are various causes that have hampered the Education sector.

  • High illiteracy among women especially in rural areas.
  • Rampant poverty or low income of parents.
  • High costs of Education after UPE / USE in Schools and universities.
  • Lack of cash employment.
  • Rampant unemployment.
  • Poor infrastructure in schools.
  • Insufficient trained teachers.
  • Poor remunerations and incentives of staff.
  • Malarial attacks and other vectors such as HIV/AIDS.
  • Poor Education facilities.
  • Ignorance of parents on Education.

Education as a means of fighting poverty and reducing vulnerability is one of the top priorities for children. The Government has given due attention to basic education, resulting in substantial increase in primary school enrolment, particularly for the poorest quintile and the girl-child.
Unfortunately, there has been a decline in primary school retention in the past few years due to high dropout rates. Furthermore regional, rural and urban disparities still exist in school enrolment with a higher proportion of children enrolled in urban areas and the relatively more prosperous central region. The main barriers to access and full participation of children in education include, costs of scholastic and basic requirements, cost of post-primary schooling, disability, ill health, early marriages, teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment, heavy burden of household chores, distance to school, insecurity and poor nutrition or no meals both in schools and at home.
In spite of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Programme 3% of primary school age children were not in school. In addition, many more children who were in school were not consistently attending classes. Consequently, the transition rate from primary to post-primary and tertiary levels has been low and very few children are now likely to complete primary and continue to higher levels of education.

The Education Programme:

Provide an enabling Environment for quality Education for all..

  • Establish a Technical school at Nabbongo, FAL and vocational institute.
  • Equip and consolidate the current education centers mentioned.
  • Equip the educants take quality Education to trap labour market for employment.

  • Community sensitization and awareness on the importance of Education Solicit funding sources.
  • Train community educators, promote staff professional development and Functional Adult Literacy in communities.
  • Performance monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Recruit and remunerate staff.

The litracy levels are expected to hike by atleast 7.9% in the region by 2024 given the above stated strategies are addressed.

Stress Factors

Education for Better