Uganda has made some good progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrollment rate in rural areas has been growing over the years. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.
Progress has also been tough in many rural areas due to high levels of poverty, loss of family household providers and other emergencies. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households. Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high.
Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.
Abra is working closely with local communities and partners to provide an inclusive and holistic education for over 5000 children aged between four and fourteen in the various rural areas. Most of these children are the first in their families to attend school. Our approach at Abra ensures that all students are supported to learn and develop a range of academic and life skills which will enable them to make choices about their futures.
The quality of local secondary school provision in the rural areas is not as good as the urban areas. We are partnering with numerous individuals, charities and organizations improve the quality of local secondary education provision. Abra is working closely with numerous secondary schools to improve enrolment, attendance and academic outcomes.
In years to come, we aim for these schools to be places which provide high quality learning opportunities for our youths and elderly students to complete their secondary education and gain qualifications and skills to transition to life beyond secondary school.
We also look to develop more collaborative partnerships to provide scholarships that can enable more students from less privileged families access university education.
We respond to God’ call to love and serve the poor. We seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.