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AWEPON urges on UPE

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th August 2005 03:00 AM

While progress towards Universal Primary Education (UPE) has been impressive in Uganda, the policy is still fraught with a number of problems, Elizabeth Eilor, the African Women’s Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) coordinator, has said.

While progress towards Universal Primary Education (UPE) has been impressive in Uganda, the policy is still fraught with a number of problems, Elizabeth Eilor, the African Women’s Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) coordinator, has said.

By Carol Natukunda
While progress towards Universal Primary Education (UPE) has been impressive in Uganda, the policy is still fraught with a number of problems, Elizabeth Eilor, the African Women’s Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) coordinator, has said.
“Enrolment may have grown under UPE, but quality remains a problem. It is typical that a primary four child does not know how to read,” she said while addressing a media-training workshop on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
She urged journalists to take keen interest in the MDGs, saying they are international benchmarks countries use in driving their development efforts.
Eilor said despite MDG’s being the vehicle for development, they had received little coverage in the media.
The MDGs are a set of political commitments adopted by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in September 2000.
The leaders committed themselves to halving hunger and poverty by 2015 and having all children complete the primary school cycle by the same period.
The workshop at Hotel Equatoria attracted over 30 participants, mainly journalists and members of the civil society.
It was addressed by among others Lawrence Egulu of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Nairobi, Warren Nyamugasira of the NGO Forum and Ben Bella Illakut, the training editor of The New Vision.
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AWEPON urges on UPE

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