School Block Renovation and building 3 room Classroom block at Bukaya Primary School in Bugembe.
A child without education is like a building without a foundation, in this case, education is a means to development of every community. Rural communities in the Jinja Municipality of Uganda have a problem with limited social amenities and educational facilities happen to be one of them. Around 90% of the rural communities in Uganda have no educational facilities, the local communities that do, have dilapidated facilities like the Bukaya Primary School, with some kids studying in classes margined under trees, walking over 4.4km through bushes to access a school from a nearby community.
As a result of this phenomenon, children between the ages of 6-10 years do not go to school in these communities. Report from the schools near to these communities indicate that, children from these communities are always late for school and are not punctual due to the distance the cover. 2 out 10 children complete their basic education in these communities.
Child labour is a major issue in these communities as a result of the lack of educational facility in these communities. Children between the ages of 6-12 years who cannot walk the distance of 4.4 kilometers to school walk even longer distances to farm. Parents from these communities justifies why they take their children to farms with the reason that, there is no one in the home to take of the children when they are away and these children too cannot cover the distance to access a school.
Averagely, these communities have a total population of 1,200 with 15.2 per cent being children. Children population in these communities is expected to grow at the current growth rate of 2.7 of the Municipality. The implication is that, a lot of children from communities with similar or same characteristics risk attaining education and also the situation will increase the number of child labour cases in these communities.
It is in this light that the Kids Lacrosse Africa, a local NGO operating in Uganda and Kenya eager to expand to all corners of Africa has designed a project “Renovate and Build a 3 roomed classroom block” to provide these communities with an educational facility to help improve the social well-being of children from these community.
“Every kid has a right to education”
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