The Universal Primary Education (UPE) program, that was implemented in 1997 and required free accessible primary education for all children in Uganda, appeared to be very successful for a while. However, there are still some major challenges in putting such a program into practice.
These challenges can be reduced to five issues.
Children are still forced to provide in own materials to bring (and wear) to school: uniforms, stationary, books – but also toilet paper and even bags of cement. Since most of the children cannot afford these things, they still refrain (or are refrained) from going to school;
Since the villages in Uganda are so widespread, children are forced to walk long distances in order to get to school. But often they do not possess shoes, which makes them having to go ...