OF PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL DROP OUT
In Uganda, almost three-quarters of the students who enter primary school will dropout before completion. And only 1 in 4 students will make it out of primary school and into secondary school. In Africa, that translates to 9 million primary school-aged children missing out on an essential human right, education. And for those who make it into school, more than half of them will not be able to meet minimum reading levels, and two thirds of these students will not achieve the most basic mathematic standards.Gender challenges, child labour, early marriages, unmotivated teachers due to low pay, little or no healthcare options, and a lack of awareness among parents, are all contributing factors in a child’s inability to not only make it to school, but to stay in school. Of all the hurdles to leap, poverty is the greatest barrier. And for poor rural families in Uganda, living on just $1 a day, the cost of pens, exercise books, uniforms and lunch are simply beyond their reach.
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WHERE IS RUBONGI?
Rubongi is one of many villages in the Tororo town, in the Eastern region of Uganda.
Landmarks: Mt. Kilimanjaro is approximately 340 miles southeast of Rubongi, Tororo.
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What is the age of students at St. Judes?
Grades: 1-7 (no kindergarten in rural areas) School occurs all 12 months out of the year, with larger school breaks occurring throughout the calendar year.
What language do children speak in Rubongi?
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