Uganda is located in East Africa on Lake Victoria, the second largest lake on the planet. The White Nile runs out of the lake in Uganda and combines with the Blue Nile before traveling all the way through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
Uganda is home to 56 tribes that speak a number of local languages. English is the official language but a great deal of the population also speak either Luganda or Swahili.
Uganda struggles with massive corruption at every level of society. Many families endure the loss of a parent and poverty. Agriculture is a primary industry but subsistence farming keeps many families in poverty. While literacy statistics have shown improvement over the years, education in Uganda is not effectively equipping students to thrive.
Ugandans are a patient and gracious people. They wish to thrive and there have been many initiatives raised aimed at improving living standards. Leaders appear to mimic the effective legislation and policies of first-world countries but lack the maturity and cohesion to implement effective governance.
Arise Education aims to provide a proof-of-concept school that will provide a new benchmark for educational excellence operating within Uganda. We hope this benchmark will gather grass-roots momentum and transform the level of education most Ugandan children receive.
We believe that transforming the education system will be a pivotal component in transforming Ugandan society as a whole.
Uganda’s population is very young with a mean age of 15.9 years. This young population struggles to pay for education and what education they get does not equip them to provide for their families.
Uganda has a population of approximately 41 million people with a land mass under 200 thousand sq/km. By comparison, Canada has a population less than 36 million and a land mass greater than 9 million sq/km. Canadians have room to live and grow while many Ugandan families struggle to provide for themselves.
With the addition of many refugees from neighboring countries, Ugandan’s struggle to meet everyone’s needs and maintain food security.
Education is even more difficult for young girls who may not receive the required resources to manage menstrual issues. As this statistic shows, girls are often taking on motherhood at a young age. Motherhood at an early age is very likely to end their education and lock young girls in poverty.
Families invest a significant portion of their monthly earnings to place children in school. They do so with the expectation that the child will find work and build the families long-term capacity.
Many children only receive a primary education which provides minimal benefit. For those who make it through post-secondary school, it is estimated that only 5% will find traditional employment.
Ugandan people are capable of working hard but a number of core issues hold this society back from prosperity and happiness.
Systemic corruption at every level, poor educational standards, and inadequate healthcare are a few of the primary issues.
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