The introduction of Universal Primary Education in Uganda in 1996 was seen as an education progressive agenda. Reading from a two-decade analysis of independent researchers, school enrollment in the country has increased from 3.1 million in 1996 to 8.4 million by 2015.

However, same datasets show deeper disparities between rural and urban education.

The Issues:

Over 70% of Children in rural upper primary school can not read and interpret a lower primary 2 story

 About 65% of children who enroll in primary school drop out before completion.

     Gov’t Expenditure on Education has dwindled. Only 2.5% GDP is spent on education 

 High dropout rates in rural Secondary Schools are attributed to; failure to cope with school demands, early employment, long distances to school, early pregnancy, and poor academic performance among others.

At University and Tertiary levels, there has been a public outcry that most graduates lack employable skills. 

A journalistic Response

We are documenting a series of responses to these challenges with the aim of fostering a constructive conversation and providing data to inform solution-oriented reporting for journalists in Uganda. 

This project seeks to run a series of responses and share skills with journalists for progressive coverage of the sector 

Multimedia Responses

Stories, Photos and Documentaries

The Data

Our datasets facilitate accurate reporting of Uganda's education sector


The dialogue was to mainstream rural education challenges to the national level