- Primary education
- English for Adult program (EFA)
This program started in 2009 when we realized that refugee children face barriers in accessing the formal education system here in Uganda. The Primary Education Program aims at teaching children English, preparing them for the education system in Uganda, providing information to parents about schools and the Uganda Education system, sensitizing parents who do not want to send their children to school, and advocating for children’s rights and seeking for scholarships.
PPDR serves children with soya porridge every day as these children were dropping out the center due to lack of breakfast or lunch.
English for Adults Program (EFA)
The EFA program is very important for integration into the Ugandan community. Adults need to provide for their families and thus knowledge of English is very important for access to social services and employment.
Creating possibilities for refugees and their children to access education at PPDR Uganda is a dream come true for all refugees. Currently all actors in the refugee education have seen and followed suit as a result of this initiative at PPDR.
Despite these positive and encouraging signals which are visible at PPDR Uganda, currently the Primary Education program is facing a number of challenges:
PPDR education department has a curriculum of education which is standard of the ministry of education and sports in Uganda. However, we lack teaching materials, and other teaching aids. Kids don’t have tables for their documents and enough chairs to sit on.
Sustaining teachers and retaining them is also very difficult. Most teachers are volunteers and seem to be having families to cater for. Our teachers do not have salary and sometimes when they are sick, the organization cannot even offer the needed help.
PPDR does not have the capacity to cater for the health needs of the children. We are still facing the challenge of children getting sick while at school and in some cases they really don’t have anyone at home to look after them, especially the unaccompanied minors and those from poorest families.