Teacher Training

Primary education has been free in Uganda since 2003. However the reality of a government funded education for over 6 million pupils in more than 20,000 primary schools is that limited financial resources are spread very thinly when faced with the demands of employing sufficient teachers, providing adequate resources and investing in facilities and infrastructure.

In most of the communities where we work, it is not social practice to send girls to school. Resources are scarce and the little money that can be invested in education usually goes to boys. It is a huge challenge to persuade many families and households to agree to send their girls to school. Girls face enormous pressure to stay at home and to fulfil their traditional role as caregivers, wives and mothers. In some places, girls who have been sheltered and kept at home fetch a higher bride price, which incentivises keeping girls away from school.