As Light of Hope children’s ministry Uganda we realize that access to education is important in helping the many orphans, needy and abandoned under our care to break the chains of poverty that they are locked in.
Education especially for these children gives them an opportunity to escape from the pain of poverty through access to decent jobs in future.
With education, these children are able to change their lives in future and for their families and communities.
To this end we have confidence in sponsorship in helping us support these children through education.
Though some children have sponsors that are taking care of their education, we have many who are in need of sponsorship.
If you are sponsoring a child with us, we pray and hope that you use your voice and platforms to invite others to join the fight so we can see these children have an education and a bright future ahead.
We believe that your support can help put a smile on the faces of these children, feel loved and live a life like their other children.
Your donations however small could change child’s future for the better through education.
Education with just $80 paid once a year for those in primary level.
The $ 80 pay for the school fees/ school tuition and other school requirements like books, pens, and pencils.
Secondary education with $300 a year, you can decide to pay in full or in instalments for three phase every after three month in a year, because a term or semester is consist of three month each term. The $ 300 pay for school fees, books, pens and pencils.
Some Facts About Education in Uganda
In Uganda, 7 out of 10 children won’t finish a primary-level education. Most adults haven’t received an education, and therefore don’t see educating their children as important – many prioritize child labor over education. Uganda has one of the lowest primary ‘survival rates’ in East Africa – with just 33% of children starting primary school finishing. On the other hand, Uganda’s neighboring countries have better survival rates; Kenya’s primary survival rate of 84%, Tanzania of 78%, and Rwanda of 81%.
In the Government-run schools, there can be one teacher to look after 100 children, although the average classroom is one teacher to 54 students. Schools are often mud huts with no amenities, air conditioning, or educational materials. Uganda has the world’s youngest population. There are currently over 38 million people living in Uganda, 50% of which are under 14 years old; It means close to 19 million children are running around in Uganda.
What is the Education System in Uganda Like
NURSERY/KINDERGARTEN (DURATION: THREE YEARS)
This is the pre-school level of education in Uganda. Children usually start at the age of three and complete nursery school by the age of six.
PRIMARY SCHOOL / ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DURATION: SEVEN YEARS)
In Uganda, there are seven primary school years, from primary one to primary seven. With normal annual progression this means primary school should last seven years, but many pupils drop out part way through and return later, so it is not unusual to find teenagers sitting primary exams. At the end of primary seven, pupils sit their first major national exams – the primary leaving examinations (PLE). Presently PLE has four examinable subjects – English language, mathematics, science and social studies. The best possible mark pupils can achieve is a total of four (which means one point – a distinction – in each subject), while the worst is a total of 36 (nine points for each subject, which means a fail). Students with between four and 12 points pass the PLE with a first grade, or division one. Those with scores between 13 and 23 get a second grade; 24 to 29 get a third grade, while those with 30 to 34 pass with a fourth grade.
SECONDARY SCHOOL / HIGH SCHOOL (DURATION: SIX YEARS)
Pupils who pass their PLE can progress to secondary school. This has two stages; the first four years, senior one (S1) to senior four (S4), constitute the O-level period. At the end of S4, students sit the second major national exams known as the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or simply O-level examinations. Students who pass their O-level exams may progress to A-levels or the Higher School Certificate (HSC). This lasts two years, S5 and S6, after which students sit for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations, also known simply as A-levels. All these three annual national exams are sat between October and December.
UNIVERSITY AND OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
Students who pass their A-levels may choose to progress to university, where they can study for degrees, or to other tertiary institutions that award diplomas and certificates. Some wealthier parents send their children to universities and colleges abroad. The government gives about 4,000 university scholarships each year, and sponsors thousands of other students in other tertiary institutions. But tens of thousands of students who do not get the competitive government scholarships depend on their parents and guardians to pay their tuition and upkeep.
You can make a difference in the life of a child. Sponsor will receive regular updates, report card to see the performance of your sponsored child each term or semester and photos.
You could become a mentor and a friend as they work towards a bright future for themselves and their families
Sponsor a child’s future by clicking on the link FAQ.