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Partners call for more support for Refugee Education

By Kutloano Leshomo, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The First lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni noted that education of refugees would put a stop to the vicious cycle of conflict in their countries. She informed the meeting that education of refugees is mainstreamed into development plans, however the education system has challenges in keeping up with the influx. She noted that the constraints on the national capacity to provide education for all refugees at the moment and that overcrowding cannot be reduced overnight.

The Executive Director of Save the Children International, Ms. Helle Thorning Schmidt commended Uganda for not putting up walls against refugees at a time when some countries are not willing to take refugees. She noted that Uganda had taken an important step towards operationalizing the global compact for refugees.

The Head of DFID in Uganda, Ms. Jennie Barugh informed the meeting that during her visit to West Nile, she observed extensive overcrowding in schools; lack of sanitation facilities and poor hygiene. She noted that there was a need for vocational skills for young people from South Sudan to enable them rebuild their country. She called for stronger coordination between development and humanitarian partners. She disclosed that DFID would like to provide multiyear funding for the response but emphasized that it was important to demonstrate results to make the case for the multi-year funding.

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