Educational Incentive Project
One of the greatest challenges facing families in Uganda in relation to education is the relatively high cost of school fees and scholastic materials. In rural areas in particular, families often regard sending their children to school as too expensive and prefer the children to stay at home and work. In recognition of the burdensome school fees that families have to pay for their children to attend school in Uganda, we have supported Kishunju Primary School to develop an educational incentive project, whereby when school fees are paid, children receive scholastic materials in the form of 2 pens, 2 pencils and 6 exercise books to last the school term, in order to reduce the overall cost of a child’s education to the parents. Over the last few years, the number of children enrolled at the rural Primary School has fluctuated between 165 and 292, with pupil ages ranging from 3 to 20 years old. We are exploring ways of expanding this project and working with other primary schools within the community in the near future, to explore whether this pilot project can be up scaled.