The NGOs observe that violence in schools is one of the biggest barriers to quality learning and the main cause of school drop outs in Uganda. They add that at least 94 percent of girls and 86 percent of boys who have experienced physical violence, first suffered it at the hands of a teacher, and 1 in 4 children missed school in the last year after experiencing violence.
Jennie Barugh, the Country Representative UK Department for International Development, DFID noted that Uganda invests the least amount of money in education compared to Kenya and Tanzania which invest 7 and 6 percent of their GDP.
The 1 trillion Shillings plan aims to improve access and quality of learning across all levels of education in the refugee hosting districts of Arua, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Kampala, Hoima, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kiryandongo, Koboko, Kyegegwa, and Lamwo, over the next three years.
The report explores the major reasons why childhood comes to an early end and includes a unique index which ranks 172 countries based on where childhood is most intact and where it is most eroded. Uganda ranks 132 on the index.