Ministry of Education gets Shs. 554b for accelerating access to secondary education in Uganda

The World Bank has offered Uganda sh554b ($150m) to enable more Ugandan children access and complete secondary education.

The funding is aimed at improving access to higher quality secondary education among Ugandan children in safer and better equipped learning environments that are also supportive of girls’ education.

At least 2.5 million learners are slated to directly benefit from the funding that will be utilized under the Uganda Secondary Education Expansion Project (USEEP).

The project is financed by an International Development Association credit of sh332b ($90m), and a grant of sh222b ($60m) from the Window on Host Communities and Refugees.

A total of 116 new lower secondary day-schools will be constructed, and 61 schools will benefit from additional classrooms in underserved districts, creating 70,300 new spaces for learners, including 30,000 in areas hosting refugees.

The project will provide student textbooks and teacher guides, support continuous teacher professional development, and implement an accelerated education program for children who are not currently attending school.

According to Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager the project aims to provide new school spaces while at the same time creating a conducive learning environment which is safe, promotes students’ personal growth and self-esteem, and increases retention for both boys and girls.

“Uganda needs to expand access to secondary education to enhance its human capital. This is essential if Uganda is to improve the future wellbeing of its citizens while also enabling the economy to grow through their increased productivity,” said Thompson.

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