The key to breaking cycles of poverty & advancing a country as a whole lies in the education of youth. We believe our work to promote quality education, increase primary school completion rates, and enhance the learning environment are essential in a country that has the world’s youngest population, where just 15% of youth are enrolled in secondary school, & a staggering 10-20 % of youth & 50% of girls cannot read or write a simple sentence.

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In 1997, the Government of Uganda introduced the Universal Primary Education program to provide free primary education. Enrollment increased from 3.1 million pupils in 1996 to 8.4 million in 2013.

But this success is overshadowed by high dropout rates and poor-quality schooling. According to UNESCO (2012), 68% of children in Uganda are likely to drop out before finishing the primary cycle due to several challenges: gender inequalities, low motivation of teachers, child marriages, lack of awareness of the benefits of education among parents, and poverty as mandatory school fees remain a substantial challenge for most children.

Joy for Children works hand-in-hand with the government, parents, and schools in an effort to improve the quality of education:

  • Supporting Schools to become “Good Schools” which means having qualified & motivated teachers, a conducive & non-violent learning environment, and a responsive and progressive administration
  • Advocacy & Support for marginalized Girls
  • Developing a School Information Management System to monitor attendance
  • Promoting Counseling and Guidance programs
  • Advocating for Positive Discipline instead of Corporal Punishments
  • Organizing School Debates
  • Sensitizing Parents and Teachers on the Importance of Education through school out reaches, Radio Talk Shows and Community Dialogues
  • Engaging Government Officials and Ministries
  • Collaborating directly with schools and involving nearby communities is a proven approach that effects positive change: Enrollment rates increase, teacher-student relationships improve, children and parents become aware of the benefits of education, and schools begin to support girls by providing sanitary pads, scholastic materials, and separate washrooms.


See our Programs that Promote Education