Education in Uganda has been suspended for 6 months because of the pandemic, and only recently were final year ‘candidate’ classes allowed to return to school. Children in Primary 7 classes, and those studying O’ and A’ levels will soon be taking their exams, whilst other children remain at home, with little hope of home tuition. This will affect girls more than boys. Their comparative poor social standing is likely to mean Uganda will see more girls drop out of school, be married before the age of 16 or be pregnant when still children themselves. With this in mind, this picture offers hope. Here are the O’ Level students from the Asili Girls School in Lira, using their brand new Chemistry equipment, which HUGS funded, for the first time in preparation for their exams. Qualifications in Science, allow girls access to many jobs and facilitate independent living.
Our appeal this Christmas this year is to ensure that our latest School for children with disability, St Francis de Sales School in Jinja, has all the equipment it needs to support its first intake of students in February 2021.