World Action Fund

Improving performance in schools in West Nile districts

All children need access to education but they also need to receive an education of good quality. This is what the right to education is all about.
While the introduction of universal primary education (UPE) in Uganda in 1997 greatly improved access, it did not improve quality. As the student population tripled between 1997 and 2014, more and more children started dropping out. By 2003, only a third of children who had enrolled in primary school in 1997 had reached the seventh grade.
Children drop out or are absent from class for several reasons. Among poor families, the cost of school uniforms, books, stationery, and saving funds becomes too much to bear, pushing children out of school or leading families into debt. Illness and domestic work keep many children from attending school on a regular basis. Children with disabilities, orphans and other disadvantaged children are especially at risk of school exclusion.
Teachers have a great impact on student achievement. But the rampant teacher absenteeism and under-qualification of many teachers spell disaster for children. Less than half of children are literate at the end of primary school. In secondary school, only 15 per cent of students are proficient in biology, 43 per cent in English and 47 per cent in maths. 
The school environment also plays a part in children’s motivation to stay in school and learn. However, violence against children is commonplace in Ugandan schools, including caning and other forms of outlawed corporal punishment. Many children report being abused by a teacher or bullied in school. Male teachers often sexually harass girls
Teachers and Pupils in class during training on Conflict, Disaster and Risk Management
Addressing pupils on education value and performance
Pupils in primary school attending to our project coordinator's mentorship and training in Ombaci Primary school
Training pupils and teachers
World Action Fund trained in 50 schools in Arua district teacher and pupils on Conflict, Disaster and Risk Management. This same training covers general topic and printed text books provided to us by Directorate of Education through FENU
Pupils and teachers were equipped with the best knowledge in 2019-2020 on any conflict and disaster, risk, conflict related issues. This is pilot project for government.
Poor performance in schools
Rural government schools have the worst performance in primary leaving education across the country, the blame games on parents, teachers and pupils has been trekking for decades, this only affects the future generation of these children and moreso many cases of teenage marriages have manifested.
Students need extra attention from both parents and teachers, and teachers need refresher trainings regularly and with clear class monitoring systems by district education office.
Schools should improve on infrastructure qualities to enhance clean and adaptable environment for learning.