The Irish government has donated 7.2 million Euros (about Shs27.5b) to support the Ministry of Education and Sports through the gender unit in a bid to provide quality education for vulnerable children and adolescent girls across Karamoja sub-region.
Through the United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF], the Irish Aid-supported programme will target about 150,000 children in Karamoja sub-region [76,606 boys and 57,834 girls from 283 primary schools and 6,716 boys and 4,891 girls in 23 secondary schools] with special focus on children at risk of dropping out of school and children with disabilities and special learning needs.
“This contribution from Ireland is critical in improving the skills and future of young people in Karamoja,”the Irish Ambassador, Donal Cronin, said.
“Education is key to the region’s development and this support, to be implemented by our partner UNICEF, is part of our efforts to empower some of the most vulnerable communities in Uganda.”
The revelation was made during the launch of the Irish Aid-UNICEF country programme on promoting access to quality and equitable education for Karamoja children and adolescents at Nadunget Primary School in Moroto District last week.
Children in Karamoja sub-region experience multiple vulnerabilities, and approximately 82 per cent of all 6 to 17 year old children in Karamoja are living in poverty and deprived of at least two or more basic services.
For example, the average rate for primary school completion and transition to secondary school are 14 per cent and 25 per cent in Karamoja compared to the national average of 67 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.