Education: critical gaps and challenges

Many refugee children in Uganda spend their entire childhood in displacement. 

Children’s education and their social support networks are usually disrupted, sometimes for good.

Refugee children are extremely vulnerable to risks of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation, including trafficking, child labor, forced recruitment into armed forces, separation from their families, unaccompanied, and psychosocial trauma.

Post-primary education is difficult to access with very limited scholarships available. Families with limited resources tend to prioritize education for boys.                          

In their home countries and in displacement, girls are particularly susceptible to gender-related protection risks.

  • Harmful traditional practices including female genital mutilation and early or forced marriage
  • Sexual abuse, defilement
  • Domestic violence


Critical Gaps and Challenges

Inadequate dedicated trained child protection staff with an estimated ratio of more than 150 children to one caseworker.

Inadequate post-primary education opportunities (10% enrollment for secondary education in the settlement) predisposes children to a myriad of risks including early marriages and pregnancies, drug abuse, commercial or survival sex, gambling among others.

Limited child-friendly spaces across refugees settlements to provide resilience, recreation and psychosocial support to children. 

Inadequate livelihoods for families fostering care of separated children results in inability to provide basic needs for the children.

Harmful cultural practices and social norms hinder children accessing their rights especially the girl child including early marriage.




Related information

Education: the cornerstone of child protection

Sexual and gender-based violence in the refugee context