THE EDUCATION CHALLENGE

Uganda's Universal Primary Education (UPE) system faces significant challenges with the majority of children receiving low quality or no, and are unprepared to be Uganda's future leaders. For decades in Uganda, families’ economic backgrounds have determined their children’s educational outcomes and prospects in life.

Enrolment in public primary schools is at 80.3% compared to 19.6% in private schools. 

While this is the case, 72% of children in public schools in P3-7 can’t read and comprehend a P2 level story and 45% can’t do P2 level math. 

To make matters worse, 65% of children who enroll in primary school drop out before completion.


~100M

expected total population by 2050 vs. only ~40M today

~16M

median age in Uganda; half the country is "school age"

~11M

children enrolled in primary school

~40+

Average pupil-to-teacher ratio

~65%

leave primary school before finishing (only ~7% in Kenya)

~70%

of P3-7 students not competent in P2 reading

~55%

of P3-7 students not competent in P2 math

~40%

public-private gap in top primary exam placements

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Root Causes


High cost of quality education that prepares students to meet the demanding needs of society. 


Declining Gov’t Expenditure on Education. 2.5% GDP spent on education (versus >5% target); ~8% of national budget in 2020 (versus >20% target).

Poor policymaking on education issues.

Deficit of change leaders who understand the contextual challenges within the education sector and are equipped to drive solutions.


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