As a result of school closures to slow the spread of COVID-19, many children across Uganda have been left without education and we are not sure of when schools will be opened. Researchers in Uganda have predicted that many learners will not return to school events when they eventually open and we have also seen especially in rural Uganda that already some girls have already been married off. Parents have lost their sources of income and therefore may not be able to afford the school dues to send all their children back to school. The Government of Uganda has responded by providing learning material however, the materials are not enough, learners who have got a copy are complaining that they cannot understand the material and have therefore abandoned it.
WITU in partnership with Theirworld launched the “Still learning” project that is providing rural underserved learners with learning material by home delivery and pairing them with teachers via mobile phones who support the learners navigate through difficult concepts. A student with learning material calls the teacher and requests for explanations on the content they have failed to understand. We are working with District education Officers to ensure, we reach the most vulnerable and deserving learners in the districts we are working.