Girls, Too

31 May 2007, Issue No. 11 – Focus on: Uganda

“[Free secondary education is] a pro-poor programme that will help rural communities develop, so you can have people who are educated, who can plan and who can participate in economic activities. […] Without USE (Universal Secondary Education) the dropout rate is about 50 percent. [The programme] will double enrolment.”
-- Robinson Nsumba-Lyazi, Acting Secondary Education Commissioner, Uganda

Uganda launches education campaign for war-affected children

UNICEF Uganda and its partners have put education in the spotlight with the launch of their ‘Go to School, Back to School, Stay in School’ (GBS) campaign to help 1.3 million children receive primary education in the country’s conflict-affected north and northeast.

Although much of Uganda has emerged from civil war and economic chaos since the 1980s, the north of the country remains caught in a humanitarian crisis. As many as 1.6 million people displaced by violence live in camps in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions. Women and children comprise 80 per cent of the displaced population.

Eighty per cent is also the grim proportion of children aged 7 to 18 in these sub-regions who have never been to school – a majority of them girls.

The Girls Education Movement (GEM) is working together with young people in the districts and children in schools to document the ‘Go to School, Back to School, Stay in School’ campaign. The movement seeks to empower girls through education as the best option to overcoming barriers to development, ensuring healthy families and building stable and productive communities.

Read more about the GBS campaign and view photo essays chronicling the kickoff launch in Kotido at: http://www.ungei.org/infobycountry/uganda_1320.html

8th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting of the Commonwealth focuses on gender financing

The Commonwealth organizes periodic ministerial meetings as a major means of policy advocacy and sharing of experiences among member countries. The 8th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (8th WAMM) is scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda, 11-14 June 2007 with the theme of ‘Financing Gender Equality for Development and Democracy’. On 10 June, during the Partners’ Forum of the meeting in Munyoyo, the education section in the Commonwealth Secretariat is organizing a colloquium titled ‘Money Matters: Challenges of financing gender equality in education’. The colloquium is being organized in partnership with UNGEI and the School Fee Abolition Initiative (SFAI).

For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Secretariat website: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/subhomepage/164316/

Upcoming events
1-2 June – UNGEI Global Advisory Committee Meeting, New York, USA
6-8 June – G8 Summit, Heiligendamm, Germany
8-10 June – 8WAMM, Partners Forum, Kampala, Uganda
11-14 June – 8WAMM, Kampala, Uganda

Partner Profile

The Commonwealth Secretariat, established in 1965, is the main intergovernmental agency of the Commonwealth, facilitating consultation and co-operation among member governments and countries. To help address disparities in education and improve its delivery, the Secretariat is working with Commonwealth and global partners towards the MDGs related to education.

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