Uganda Reopens Schools After Nearly 2 Years due to Coronavirus

Photo courtesy of AMG International.

Uganda reopened its schools on January 10th for the first time since March of 2020. But not all students will return to classrooms.

Brian Dennett with AMG International says, “So many students are probably not ever going to go back to their education. Many took jobs to help support their families during this time and have now tasted an income. And those families have come to rely on that.”

Impact of a 2-year closure

Many schools won’t even reopen for financial reasons. Thousands of teachers have turned to other work to support themselves, and won’t come back to teaching.

The situation looks even worse for girls who became pregnant while schools remained shut. The long closure may undo decades of educational progress in the East African nation. Under 50 percent of students participated in any remote learning programs.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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