Save the Children has called upon the Government of Uganda and the international development partners to invest more in children, in order to ensure that Uganda meets the commitment made in the sustainable Development Goals.
The children advocacy agency wants more investment to be allocated in the education sector, health and child protection.
It urged the government to increase public expenditure on primary education and ensure that at least 20% of state spending is allocated to education in the coming financial year 2019/2020.
In their 2018 Global End of child Index Reports, enrollment is still poor especially in rural areas and the districts that host refuges.
“Although the government introduced the Universal Primary Education, a number of children are still out of school and enrollment for other stages of education is even lower,” The report reads in part.
The Report also indicates that only 28% of children get to attend Secondary Education, and 13% are enrolled in vital pre-primary education. Children with disability are particularly at risk of missing out learning with only 9% able to attend primary school.
Addressing Journalist at the Save the Children Country Head Office in Muyenga Kampala, the Country Director Brechtje Van Lith said the most, “affected children are those from the poor families across the country.”
“These children are increasingly concentrated among the poorest communities. Children are denied a fair start in life just because of where they are born and a prosperous future for Uganda will only be possible by investing in every child’s development and ensuring no child is left behind,” She explained.
She added that: “Although a number of pupils get free education under the Universal Primary Education (UPE), the quality of education is still very poor.”
“ For many of those children who are in school , the quality of education remains low particularly in rural areas and the north and east of the country . Only 20% of children in Primary level 3 can achieve proficiency in English reading and comprehension.” She added.
Hudson Nsubuga the Head of Education Programs at Save the Children Uganda, said for the children to get quality Education, “government need to increase on the capitation grants to extend to schools.”