Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children International

Convening partners to scale up Accelerated Education in Uganda.

Location: Uganda

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  Uganda is one of the top refugee hosting countries worldwide – and faces increased stretched capacity, despite its progressive policies, to meet the needs of increasing refugee numbers    © Norwegian Refugee Council

Uganda is one of the top refugee hosting countries worldwide – and faces increased stretched capacity, despite its progressive policies, to meet the needs of increasing refugee numbers

© Norwegian Refugee Council

Uganda currently hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa. There are over 682,000 children school age children among the refugee population – around 60% are out of school – some have had their education interrupted, some have never been to school. For children now over-aged for primary enrolment, an accelerated education programme (AEP - a flexible, age appropriate programme that provides access to education in an accelerated timeframe) is an ideal solution, allowing children and adolescents to catch up and complete a basic primary level education.

In order to systematically scale up AEP to widen access to education for refugee children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children, funded by Education Cannot Wait, are working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and other partners to develop a strategic framework for AEP in Uganda, including harmonised guidelines and curriculum.

So far, the process of developing AEP Guidelines for Uganda has convened a diverse range of stakeholders, including participants from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the National Curriculum Development Centre, MoES District Education Officers from displacement-affected districts, primary teacher training personnel, a range of UN and international NGO partners, and the Accelerated Education Working Group.

The AEP Guidelines for Uganda as well as a revised curriculum are currently under review and pending MoES approval. The process has been a valuable exercise in convening partners with diverse expertise to problem solve and unite to widen access to quality education for young refugees and Ugandans, in line with the Uganda Education Response Plan.

For more information please contact Sonia Gomez, Global Education Adviser, NRC <sonia.gomez@nrc.no>