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Uganda schools reopen after almost two years of Covid closure

Africa/Uganda/14-01-2022/Author and Source:

Children in Uganda have expressed their joy at finally returning to school nearly two years after they were closed because of Covid.

“I am really excited because it’s been a long time without seeing our teachers. And we have missed out a lot,” Joel Tumusiime told the BBC.

“I am glad to be back at school,” echoed another, Mercy Angel Kebirungi.

But after one of the world’s longest school closures, authorities warned at least 30% of students may never return.

Some have started work, while others have become pregnant or married early, the country’s national planning authority said.

About 15 million students have been affected by the closure, the government says.

“We can’t let this happen again. We must keep schools open for every child, everywhere,” the UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned on Twitter.

Some classes reopened in October 2020 temporarily but closed again in May and June of the following year.

While schools were closed, there have been some lessons via the radio, TV and newspapers while some schools have provided printed materials, but these have not reached everyone.

Wealthier Ugandans have also been able to access online classes and home tutors.

But many children have not been to school for about 22 months.

One pupil explained how she continued learning during the long hiatus.

“My parents never had the time to study with me. When schools were closed, I was able to read, but on my own. Sometimes I would meet with friends to study,” said Christine Teburwa. Like Joel and Mercy, she is in Primary Five, meaning they are between nine and 11 years old.

Pupils who have not had any education since March 2020 will resume classes a year above where they were before the pandemic.

However, some parents in the capital, Kampala, questioned this.

“My children have not been learning at all. I wish they could be allowed to continue from where they stopped,” Rachael Nalumansi said.

“Before the first lockdown, our children had only been in school for two weeks. So it is a bit concerning that they are now promoting them to the next class,” Vanetta Bangi said.

For those students who have not accessed any form of studying during the pandemic, the curriculum will be abridged to focus on core areas and give them a chance to catch up.

Lessons were already underway at some schools I visited on Monday morning while at others, students were still cleaning classrooms and re-organising their desks. Others were still registering with the school administration.

Boarding school students in Kampala and the nearby districts will start throughout the week, to avoid congestion on public transport.

Despite authorities instructing that health and safety measures like masks and social distancing should be in place, not all institutions have the space or facilities to ensure that these steps are properly followed. Some have huge numbers of students and very few classrooms.

But it is not only learners who will struggle, but many parents’ incomes were also hit by the pandemic, and some will find it difficult to raise money for tuition fees and other school requirements.

The phased reopening of schools, which started in November with universities and higher education institutions, was pegged to the vaccination of over 550,000 teachers, their support staff, and students aged 18 and above.

Uganda, which has had some of the world’s strictest lockdowns, is now moving to fully reopen the economy despite being at the start of its third wave of the pandemic driven by the Omicron variant.

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Uganda closes schools as Covid cases rise

Africa/Uganda/11-06-2021/Author and Source:

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has shut down schools and suspended public gatherings as the country faces a surge of infections in a second Covid-19 wave.

Public transport between districts will be banned starting Thursday to allow students who are in schools to return home.

Bars, cinemas and theatres have also been closed.

The suspension of schools and gatherings takes effect from Monday and will be in place for 42 days.

Dozens of schools had reported virus cases among staff and students prompting the closure.

The announcement came hours after the health ministry announced 1,259 new coronavirus cases – the highest number of infections recorded in a single day – and nine deaths on Sunday.

A rise in coronavirus cases was reported two weeks ago and officials mulled over a lockdown to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed.

The national referral hospital Mulago reported a spike in Covid-19 patients last week, saying it needed to increase bed capacity.

Uganda has 52,929 cases of coronavirus and 374 deaths so far.

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Escuelas comienzan a ofrecer clases en línea en Uganda

África/Uganda/30-08-2020/Autor(a) y Fuente: Spanish. xinhuanet. com

Maestras de preescolar enseñan palabras en inglés a los niños durante una clase en línea en Kampala, capital de Uganda, el 22 de agosto de 2020. Las escuelas han comenzado a ofrecer clases en línea en el país de Africa oriental. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)


KAMPALA, 22 agosto, 2020 (Xinhua) — Maestras de preescolar realizan una presentación durante una clase en línea en Kampala, capital de Uganda, el 22 de agosto de 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)


KAMPALA, 22 agosto, 2020 (Xinhua) — Una maestra de preescolar enseña palabras en inglés a los niños durante una clase en línea en Kampala, capital de Uganda, el 22 de agosto de 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)


KAMPALA, 22 agosto, 2020 (Xinhua) — Una maestra de preescolar da una clase en línea para los niños en Kampala, capital de Uganda, el 22 de agosto de 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)


KAMPALA, 22 agosto, 2020 (Xinhua) — Maestras de preescolar preparan materiales para la enseñanza durante una clase en línea en Kampala, capital de Uganda, el 22 de agosto de 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)

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Inversión paxful en jóvenes líderes africanos mediante la construcción de escuelas con Bitcoin

África / 24 de febrero de 2019 / Autor: Rita Aguado / Fuente: Criptopasion

El director ejecutivo de Paxful, Ray Youssef, planea construir 100 escuelas en África. Ya se han construido dos escuelas en Ruanda, mientras que una tercera se encuentra
actualmente en desarrollo.

Paxful es un mercado de Bitcoin peer-to-peer que conecta directamente a aquellos que buscan comprar con aquellos que buscan vender, con un enfoque especial en el mundo sin servicios bancarios y desatendido. Los proyectos de construcción escolar de la plataforma son parte de su iniciativa #BuiltWithBitcoin.

Youssef espera que las iniciativas de construcción de escuelas de Paxful sirvan para educar a la próxima generación de jóvenes líderes. Le dijo a CriptoPasion:


Según se informa, las dos escuelas ya existentes están ubicadas en la aldea Kasebigege en Ruanda, una aldea que aún se está reconstruyendo después del genocidio de Ruanda entre abril y julio de 1994. Una es una escuela infantil con pocas aulas, cuatro baños, un sistema de riego, un tanque de 15,000 litros. Sistema de agua, y una granja sostenible para todo el pueblo. La otra es una escuela primaria con más de un puñado de aulas, una cafetería, baños, paneles solares y un sistema de agua de 35,000 litros.

La tercera escuela se construirá potencialmente en Columbia, Ghana, Kenia o Uganda.

Paxful no es un recién llegado a la escena de Bitcoin, pero se vuelve cada vez más claro que el proyecto está interesado en brindar mayor acceso financiero y libertad al mundo desatendido, subdesarrollado y no bancarizado a través de Bitcoin y la educación.

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Programación del Portal Otras Voces en Educación del Domingo 24 de febrero de 2019: hora tras hora (24×24)

24 de febrero de 2019 / Autor: Editores OVE

Recomendamos la lectura del portal Otras Voces en Educación en su edición del día domingo 24 de febrero de 2019. Esta selección y programación la realizan investigador@s del GT CLACSO «Reformas y Contrarreformas Educativas», la Red Global/Glocal por la Calidad Educativa, organización miembro de la CLADE y el Observatorio Internacional de Reformas Educativas y Políticas Docentes (OIREPOD) registrado en el IESALC UNESCO.

00:00:00 – México: Reforma Educativa provocó que 150,000 maestros se jubilaran, acusa la SEP

01:00:00 – Guía de Uso: Evaluación Formativa. Evaluando clase a clase para mejorar el aprendizaje (PDF)

02:00:00 – Argentina: Los docentes realizarán una huelga el 6, 7 y 8 de marzo. Paro en las universidades

03:00:00 – Visita a Finlandia. Notas sobre su sistema educativo (Artículo de Alfredo Arnaud Bobadilla)

04:00:00 – La violencia y el acoso escolares son un problema mundial, según un nuevo informe de la UNESCO

05:00:00 – Colombia: 43° Emisión de ‘El Abecedario, La Educación de la A a la Z’ – Radio Educativa (Evaluación Educativa V)

06:00:00 – Libro: La Educación encierra un tesoro (PDF)

07:00:00 – Educación: las consecuencias inesperadas de reducir el número de alumnos por aula en las escuelas (Artículo de Andreas Schleicher)

08:00:00 – Libro: Metas educativas 2021 (PDF)

09:00:00 – Conferencia: Los contenidos curriculares para una ciudadanía comprometida con la justicia y los nuevos retos del profesorado. Jurjo Torres (Video)

10:00:00 – Estados Unidos: No más escuelas públicas amenazadas con la privatización, mensaje de maestros, padres y estudiantes al gobernador Newsom y al titular de Educación de California, Tony Thurmond

11:00:00 – México. Una universidad del pueblo y para el pueblo (Artículo de OLEP)

12:00:00 – Unexpo arriba a su 40 aniversario en medio de la crisis universitaria en Venezuela

13:00:00 – Conozca el desarrollo del Movimiento Pedagógico Latinoamericano (Audio)

14:00:00 – Reforma educativa en Honduras ordena evaluar a 13,000 empleados

15:00:00 – 10 cosas que los profesores quieren que los demás sepan sobre su trabajo (Artículo de Camila Londoño)

16:00:00 – Panamá: Destinar el 6% del PIB a la educación

17:00:00 – Lourdes Jiménez: “El sistema obliga a ‘tragar’ y memorizar cosas que luego se olvidan”

18:00:00 – Puerto Rico: Pedirán $1,000 millones más para Educación

19:00:00 – El INEA y la Cuarta Transformación (Artículo de Juan Carlos Miranda Arroyo)

20:00:00 – Inversión paxful en jóvenes líderes africanos mediante la construcción de escuelas con Bitcoin

21:00:00 – Psicólogo experto en educación, Aníbal Puente Ferreras: “Se está dando poca importancia a lo que es escuela pública”

22:00:00 – El mejor ‘profe’ de España guía la transición educativa

23:00:00 – OEI: Metas educativas 2021 (Video)

En nuestro portal Otras Voces en Educación (OVE) encontrará noticias, artículos, libros, videos, entrevistas y más sobre el acontecer educativo mundial cada hora.

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Día Universal del Niño dedicado a recaudar fondos para que menores puedan asistir a la escuela

UNICEF / 25 de noviembre de 2018 / Autor: Redacción / Fuente: El Mundo

Este martes se celebra el Día Universal del Niño, que UNICEF dedica a la concienciación y la recaudación fondos en favor de los millones de menores que no asisten a la escuela y están desprotegidos y desarraigados.

UNICEF invita al público a conectarse a Internet y a firmar una petición mundial en la que se pide a los dirigentes que se comprometan a hacer realidad los derechos de todos los niños.

Además, exhorta a sus partidarios que el 20 de noviembre ayuden a “lograr que el mundo se pinte de azul”, vistiendo algo azul en la escuela, en las calles, el trabajo y en los campos de deportes.

Varios lugares emblemáticos del mundo se iluminarán de azul, entre ellos la Ópera de Sydney en Australia, el Centro Acuático Nacional de Beijing, Petra en Jordania, y el Empire State Building en los Estados Unidos.

Los niños refugiados no tienen acceso garantizado a la educación

La UNESCO ha lanzado un informe en el que muestra que muchos países de acogida de refugiados no incluyen a esos niños en sus sistemas nacionales.

Los niños que buscan asilo y están detenidos en países como Australia, Hungría, Indonesia, Malasia y México tienen un acceso limitado o nulo a la educación. Los refugiados rohingya en Bangladesh, los burundeses en Tanzania, los karen en Tailandia y muchos afganos en Pakistán solo pueden recibir una educación en escuelas separadas, no formales, algunas de las cuales no están certificadas.

Por otro lado, en ocho de los diez principales países de acogida de refugiados, los sistemas educativos nacionales han avanzado en la inclusión de estos alumnos. Entre esos países figuran Chad, Etiopía y Uganda, así como Canadá e Irlanda, líderes mundiales en la implementación de políticas de educación inclusiva para inmigrantes.

En la Unión Europea en 2017, el doble de jóvenes nacidos en el extranjero abandonaron la escuela en comparación con los nativos.

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Uganda: Janet Museveni tells parents to prioritise education


The first lady and minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, is concerned that most parents are not actively involved in the education of their children, thus leading to poor performance.

Ms Museveni said while it the responsibility of government to provide education, parents have abandoned their responsibility of providing essential items such as lunch, scholastic materials and shoes for learners.

“Why are families failing to feed our children? Someone produces a child and they are unable to feed them, what does this mean? When I talk about this, I am not talking about only mothers but also the fathers,” Ms Museveni said.


She added that during her term as MP for Ruhaama County in Ntungamo, most children in the constituency walked bare feet to school.

“When I went to Ruhaama, I said, ‘I will not leave when its children have no shoes.’ I was shocked that I spent 10 years in Ruhaama and left its children without shoes. I had done everything there but parents were not helping themselves. Why should someone spend a whole year without engaging in anything generating income? What should we do to such people?” she asked.

The minister was speaking to parents, district leaders and politicians after officially handing over new structures to Birere mixed primary school in Isingiro district on May 2, 2018.

Museveni said replacing the dilapidated structures with new ones will not be meaningful if parents don’t prioritize their children’s education.

Birere mixed primary schools is one of the 138 schools countrywide that have received a facelift with support from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant worth $100m under the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP) supervised by the World Bank. The grant agreement was signed on August 27, 2014 and became effective on March 24, 2015.

In Isingiro, 20 schools were selected with each receiving seven new classroom blocks, one administration block, five and two-stance latrines and a 5,000-litre water tank.

Ms Museveni also commended schools for implementing the thematic curriculum insisting that it when children study in their mother tongue up to primary three, they understand better as opposed to being instructed in English language.

“I know there are some people de-campaigning that programme [thematic curriculum] but that is being very short-sightedness. It is much easier for young children to study in their local language,” she said.

According to the ministry’s schedule, handover of all the schools which started on May 2 will end on May 30, 2018 in the respective districts.


While handing over more structures in Ibanda district, the state minister for primary education, Rosemary Seninde, said contractors did a commendable job with no building found with cracks as it is known for most new buildings.

“We are satisfied that the work is perfect and real. I call upon parents to love, cherish and maintain what has been given to them because it is not going to be the responsibility of government to maintain the infrastructure,” Seninde said.

Of the 11 schools constructed in Ibanda, she visited and handed over new structures at Kijongo PS, Rwenkobwa PS, Ishongororo PS, Kashambya PS, Kemihoko PS, Rwanyabihuka PS and Kyeibumba PS to the relevant school heads. Seninde reiterated the first lady’s message by encouraging parents in Ibanda to provide lunch and shoes for their children.

“It is a shame that children come to school bare-feet in this era. If you cannot afford modern shoes, buy for them plastic shoes or sandals. How will they enter into such new beautiful classes? This attitude that education of Ugandan children is for President Museveni must change,” she said adding that all classrooms in the 54 completed schools countrywide out of the 138 will be furnished with desks before the beginning of second term.

The remaining 84 schools will be furnished and handed over when completed. Speaking to The Observer, Julius Atwijukye, the head teacher Kashambya PS, applauded government on the latest development at his school although he remained not convinced on whether parents will provide shoes for learners.

“Our children are not used to putting on shoes. When we call parents to address such issues, they tell us that they are poor while others threaten to withdraw their children from school if we impose such conditions on them,” Atwijukye said.

“Maybe now that we have a new environment, parents have promised to buy shoes. But if we can get some sponsors to buy some shoes, it is highly welcome because according to the understanding of my parents, I know most will not buy them next term [two].” Out of the 560 pupils at Kashambya, about 50 study in proper shoes.

For Justine Tukashaba, a parent at Kashambya, some parents think shoes are meant for children in urban settings.

“I am a catechist of our church but whenever I teach about such things, parents ignore me. Many of the children have one pair of shoes they use only when going to church. Parents are poor and not bothered about the situation,” she said.

By the time minister Seninde left the school on Thursday May 3, most parents, some of whom had no shoes at this function, pledged to buy shoes for children and they requested her to visit the school next term to check on their progress.


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