The ministry of Education and Sports has launched the Uganda National Accelerated Education Programme Curriculum for lower secondary education of refugees in collaboration with War Child Canada.
Speaking to journalists during the launch of the programme, Grace Baguma, the Executive Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) noted the new programme will allow refugees to attain ordinary certificate.
It is estimated that there are more than one million refugees in Uganda hosted by different communities in various part of the country.
According to the ministry of education 57% of these are children with 34% having access to education.
Baguma noted that the ministry of Education, War Child Canada want to ensure the smooth running of the National Accelerated Secondary Education Curriculum which is to be implemented in different refugees communities.
She said the programme will target learners from ages of 16 to 45 under two levels, level one comprises S.1 and S.2.
She said that if one passes end of year exams he or she is free to join the normal system.
She noted for those with advance age can remain in the program if or she does not feel like joining the normal education programme.
She further explained that since learning in refugees camps has been reduced from four to two years, some changes have been made in the teaching programme.
“That’s means that at the technical level we look for things we assume that somebody can do without and pick the most critical concept the person must learn if he or she has to be proud for having learnt biology, chemistry or whatever,” she noted.
The Executive Director War Child Canada, Dara Nacleod ,explained why they chose to support a secondary school curriculum.
“I talked to a little boy when I was in Adjumani. He was in accelerated learning secondary class and he said if it wasn’t for this class, he would probably have gone back to South Susan to pick up a gun,”she said.