Uganda's Universal Primary Education (UPE) system faces significant challenges.

Many children receive low quality or no education, 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.


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


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


children enrolled in primary school


Average pupil-to-teacher ratio


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


of P3-7 students not competent in P2 reading


of P3-7 students not competent in P2 math


public-private gap in top primary exam placements

Root Causes

Deficit of change agents who understand contextual challenges and are equipped to drive solutions

Current educational content and technique does not prepare students to become practical problem-solvers and adaptable leaders

~2.5% GDP spent on education 

(versus >5% target); ~11% of national budget in 2018 (versus >20% target)8,9

Particularly poor access to quality education for some populations (i.e. rural), given insecurity rate (>60%10) and inequality coefficient (0.4511)

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