Literacy rates in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region are some of the lowest in the country. To encourage parents to send their children to school, the government is coming up with innovative ways to provide access.
Local people know Kampala’s Nasser Street as a one-stop shop for all kinds of printing services – including forged credentials. These documents are one way to access opportunities in Uganda, but are the risks that come with them worth it?
In Uganda, the government allocates funds to villages to address various infrastructure repairs. Yet in one village, a major crossing point remains unfixed, and children are missing out on school because of it.
In Uganda, high levels of corruption extend even to schools, where parents often give teachers gifts to help their children get ahead. Teachers can receive warnings and even be fired for accepting, but it hasn’t deterred some parents from gift-giving – or even some teachers from demanding it.
In Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, many students are not enrolled in school or are attending without basic supplies, because their parents, many of whom are textile workers, can’t afford the costs. Across the city last year, textile workers went on strike for an increase in the minimum wage, to no avail.
When a Ugandan graduate student completes coursework on time and writes a thesis or doctoral dissertation according to the schools’ timelines, they still have to wait years to receive their degrees. Why? A bureaucratic snafu over money is keeping them from getting their hard-earned degrees.
Haiti’s Cité Soleil area, a densely-populated neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, is known for violence. A group of mental health professionals now work with children in their schools to help them manage the stress they experience living there.
This year, special needs students across Uganda were better able to take their exams, thanks to support provided by the national exam board. The initial response has been positive, but many argue that the new effort is only the first step.