Uganda hosts over 1 million South Sudanese refugees who have fled from five years of civil war. 61% of the refugees are children, putting huge pressure on the education system. 350,000 South Sudanese refugee children are out of school.
Palabekis the newest refugee settlement in the north of Uganda and home to more than 40,000 refugees, with more arriving every day. Whilst immediate life-saving needs have been met, there is an enormous need for education provision; Palabekhas 28,000 children who are currently served by only seven primary schools and one secondary school.
We are funding Street Child to support 1,400 children in two new schools in Palabek, as well as providing Child Friendly Spaces for afterschool programmesat the schools. Street Child is carrying out this work in partnership with a local NGO specialisedin child protection.
Construction of the schools, recruitment and training of the teachers has taken place, and the first school opened its doors in February 2019.