Thursday, June 30, 2011


The Government of Uganda regards Education as a basic human right for all Ugandan citizens regardless of their social status,physical form, mental ability, sex or place of ethnic origin. The Government is endeavoring to provide adequate facilities and opportunities for all children of school going age and Adults to enable them to enjoy fully this right.

However in some parts of the country, people still show negligence in supporting the girl child Education. In Amuru district for instance, many children still drop out from school with girls registering the highest number. In his remarks during the Education Fair at Amuru Lamogi Primary school,the head teacher of the School said, the high rate of girls dropping out from school is one of the challenges being faced in all the primary schools in Amuru District.

The following have been outlined as the major factors causing high rates of drop out at all levels of primary education in the District;

-Social and cultural factors which influence many parents to prefer sending boys rather than girls to school.

-The traditional division of labor in the homes which causes more social demands on girls than in boys.

-Early involvement of girls in marriages as well as their vulnerability to sexual harassment and pregnancy, leading to their ejection from school.

-Inadequacy and deficiency of facilities for girls in the schools such as sanitary pads and changing rooms.

-Poverty is often an important factors that prevents parents from sending girls to school or maintaining them in school.

-Natural physiological and psychosocial changes that occur in girls deter them from competing effectively with boys in academic performance.

-Child headed families; with the war that affected northern Uganda for over twenty years has left many children without their parents and in most cases it is the girl child who takes the responsibility of keeping the siblings.

Currently, Education stakeholders and partners have combined efforts in promoting the education of girls in Amuru District. Girls Education Movement(GEM) Clubs is a national initiative launched in 2001 with support from the forum for African Women Educationists, UNICEF and other partners in the African Girls Education Initiative. The club aims at improving water and sanitation coverage in the schools, girls enrollment, reducing pupils/ stance ratio, separate facilities for girls and boys. These help to make the girls comfortable in school and have courage to learn.

The teachers are also encouraged to create a safe school environment where children can enjoy learning with love and proper care.

The speaker of parliament recently said, the Government of Uganda will take the responsibility of providing sanitary pads for girls in primary schools.

With all these combined efforts, there is high hope that Girl child education will improve in Amuru District.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Here is a link with lots of information about the MDG's.  Please click on a particular Goal that interests you to find out more about it.

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Hello Everyone,

                             This blog is a collaborative space for students and teachers from both St. Mary's College Lacor and St. Mary's Secondary near Uganda Martyr's University to use.  The goal is for people from both schools to post stories about the progress of the 8 Millennium Development Goals in their respective communities.  The pairs of students and teachers should choose a development goal that interests them and write an article about it. Next they can share it on this blog.  There is space for students to comment on each others stories, comparing, contrasting, and learning from each other.  If you have any questions please email me at Good Luck!

                                                              - Eddie Linczer