Uganda is hosting one of the world’s largest refugee populations, forced to flee their homes, livelihoods and education from conflict in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With conflict still raging, families have no hope of returning home any time soon. Instead, they are stranded in camps where job opportunities are scarce, access to education is extremely limited and living conditions are basic.
Whether in the camps, on the streets, or living in poverty, we believe each and every child deserves a quality education.
We are also planning to assist 3,000 children aged 8-14 in Congolese refugee settlements in Western Uganda, where 27% of all refugees in Uganda are hosted.
These settlements are under extreme pressure following the large influx of refugees in response to renewed violence in DRC. It is estimated that 19% of refugee children who are enrolled in primary school are overaged, due to having missed school and language barriers.
Street Child are implementing a primary school ‘bridging’ programme in 5 schools, constructing temporary learning centres – providing children with a six-month compressed curriculum and language support, so that they are able to integrate into mainstream schooling at the correct level.