According to the Statistical Abstract 2014 of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, the Net Enrollment Ratio NER 97% of the Total population of the primary Going age in Uganda, 98% are female and 96% are Male. This indicates that girls accessing Primary Education are slightly higher than boys therefore attainment of gender parity between the male and female pupils as for every 100 pupils in primary, 50 were girls.
But then, of the total HIV and AIDS cases in primary enrollment which reaches to 0.4% of the total enrollment, Girls make 51.44% of this, which alone starts their education curve to descend.
Overall still, boys are more engaged in Co-curricular activities than girls with an average participation of 6.6% compared to 6.3% of the girls.
These, and many other factors entirely contribute to the girls’ affected completion of Primary education, this therefore calls for greatly attached interventions, like below and what my country Uganda is committed upon.
Target .1 ‘ By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete Free, Equitable and Quality Primary and Secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.’
- The Uganda Vision 2040, states that “Emphasis will be placed on keeping Girls in School and improving their completion rates through addressing both institutional, gender and cultural barriers in collaboration with social, cultural and community groups.” (Uganda Vision 2040 Chapter 5, Section 5.3, point 264)
- The Uganda Second National Development Plan (NDPII) 2015/16-2019/20, breaks it down to “(1) Increase the completion rate of primary 7 from 70.3 percent in 2013/14 to 85 percent in 2019/20; (2) Increase the transition rate to secondary from 73 percent in 20133/14 to 83% in 2019/20; (3) Increase net secondary completion rate from about 36% in 2012/13 to 50% in 2019/20
- The National Strategic Plan on Girl Child Education 2015- 2019 (Uganda) specifically calls for;
Strategic Intervention No. 4.5 Calls for a specific focus on male involvement in supporting Girls’ Education.
Strategic Objective No.5 and its subsequent Guiding principles calls for Capacity Utilization and enhancement of key actors in Girls’ Education particularly involving men to continuously support girls to Enroll, Remain. Complete and benefit from the education system.
Activities for proposed include; organizing male role models at community levels; organizing father protect Daughter campaigns; Increase sensitization of communities on the value of Girls’ Education and more so Including Boys in gender responsive actions at the school level.
Here I come choosing to play my part in Investing in Girls Education, its from here that I chose to start Girls In School Initiative. A boy-led, boy-ran, boy-founded and boy-funded community organization that supports Girl Child Education.
This is done through supporting three aspects of education, and this makes the baseline for our only three objectives which also make our core principles and lines of our work.
To see a world where all girls not only have an equal right to Education, but also have the right fulfilled.
To support all girls enrolled to school even the much marginalized ones. To remove all barriers to a girl’s retention in school. To join the girl child at her graduation ceremony.
These and more interventions and actions, will be shared in due time to come.