Draleru speaking to the CEO of Dubai Cares Tariq Al Gurg
Humanitarian agencies which are supporting refugees in Adjumani district have been asked to consider providing secondary education in refugee camps and the host communities if the whole cycle of education is to be achieved.
The call was made by Joseline Draleru, the community service officer from the refugee desk office in Office of the Prime Minister in Adjumani. Draleru was addressing journalists and the members from Dubai Cares who were paid a courtesy call to her office.
She noted that as the Office of the Prime Minister they have noted with concern that every time implementing partners rollout education programmes, it is always early childhood education (ECD) and primary education, yet the biggest challenge currently is secondary education.
She stressed that primary education is important, however, after primary what next?
“This possesses a big challenge. Majority of the children are orphans, while others are from poor families. This shows that they will not have means to enroll for secondary education,” Draleru noted.
She noted that there are many brilliant children in the refugee camps who perform well, but because there are no secondary schools, they end up stopping their education career on the way.
Richard Edema Draciri, the deputy chief administrative officer Adjumani says as a district they are constrained by the resource envelop which makes implementation of some projects hard.
He noted that Adjumani district has 66 government-aided primary schools and seven secondary schools.
“This is a big challenge because primary schools enroll many children, meaning even the secondary schools need to increase. We cannot do much if the money is not there. My call is that humanitarian agencies should look up into this cause,” he noted.
Recent UNHCR (August 2017) report indicate that South Sudan crisis is one of the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crisis in the world, that has forced nearly 3 million people from their homes of whom over 1 million are hosted in Uganda.
UNHCR also indicates that Adjumani and Yumbe are currently hosting the largest number of south Sudanese refugees in Uganda, with a total number of 333, 654 and 284, 927 registered refugees respectively. 61% are children under 18 and more than 82% are women.