Concerns also loom over whether schools are equipped to welcome back students next week due to the long period of absence. Many schools lack the resources to meet the standard operating procedures (SOPs), including basic hand washing facilities while it is expected that many teachers, who have relocated and/or taken up a new profession during the school closures, will not return to the classroom. Aidlink supports civil society’s call on the government to assist all education institutions through grants and funding to access Covid-19 protection supplies, learning materials and teachers’ wages.
Education must be prioritised in order to foster the growth, development and well-being of children in Uganda. With our dedicated partners we are working to: support the enrolment, retention and educational attainment of children, especially young girls and improve marginalised communities’ access to clean and safe Water and Sanitation (WASH) services in the Masaka and Kyankwanzi districts of Uganda.
Aidlink will continue to monitor the school situation in Uganda and support children to return to and stay in school.