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EU Gives UGX 25 Billion for Refugees Education

The Resilient teachers, students and education systems in South Sudan and Uganda project, will be spearheaded by Oxfam. It will focus on improved access and completion of safe quality education for learners in the fragile and crisis-affected environment.
State Minister for Primary Education, Rose Mary Nansubuga Seninde autographing the project poster at Mestil Hotel and Residences in Kampala on Thursday.

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More than 30,000 refugees from Uganda and South Sudan are to benefit from a 25 billion shillings European Union funded project.

The Resilient teachers, students and education systems in South Sudan and Uganda project, will be spearheaded by Oxfam.  It will focus on improved access and completion of safe quality education for learners in the fragile and crisis-affected environment.

The four-year-project is also expected to improve the resilience of learners and target teachers in areas through increased enrolment and promotion rate, decreasing dropout rates as well as preparing both teachers and learners to withstand shocks, stress, and uncertainties.

It will be implemented in Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo district and Imotonge, Juba and Greater Kapoeta in South Sudan.

The State Minister for Primary Education, Rose Mary Seninde while launching the project at Mestil Hotel and Residences in Kampala, committed government's support towards the project.

Minister Seninde also called for proper accountability in ensuring that quality education is acquired within the targeted areas during the project implementation.

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Rose Atim, Oxfam's Country Director to Uganda says the crisis in South Sudan has displaced the majority of young people who must be helped to achieve their dreams for attaining safe and quality education.

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According to Michael Anyeko, the project manager, the project will be implemented through the Accelerated Education Programme - ALP for learners 12-25 years.

While in Uganda, the Accelerated Education will include a nine months Bridge Course for the 6-12 year -olds and a three year condensed primary education course for learners of 12-18 years.

All teachers under this project will undergo an adapted Teacher Educator Professional Development Model - TEPD including adapted teachers code of ethics.

 

Cedric Merel, the EU head of Cooperation, says that the 1.8 million South Sudan children who are currently out of school need education, as well as child protection from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

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Cedric appealed to the project implementers to pay special attention to special interest groups with vulnerabilities such as teenage mothers and refugee children with HIV among others.

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