In Uganda, schools have been closed since March 2020, putting 15 million pupils out of education. Only certain classes with exams coming up have been allowed to return. The rest will return in a staggered way in the coming months, though thousands of girls will not, having become pregnant or been married off in the intervening period.
In the Gulu district in the north of the country where we operate, many school going children are making bricks, selling bread or fruits under the burning sun for pennies, rather than attending classes. Their plight is part of a wider rise in children working in the region.
The children here still have fun, sometimes finding time to play hide-and-seek or perform tricks with skipping ropes, but do not know if they will ever go back to school. Their mothers worry about the physical impact this is having on their children. Mothers are aware that making bricks brings physical problems like pain in the arms and spine but they can’t see any other way for their families to survive.
The government of Uganda encourages online classes where possible for these children. However, our new Agape school is still short of finances to acquire the necessary gadgets and equipment & training to make digital classes possible. We are still counting on the generosity of you our well wishers to make this dream possible and give these children a better future.
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