Transforming education in Uganda

Uganda has made progress in implementing universal primary education, yet many students do not achieve minimum levels of literacy and numeracy. Low learning levels contribute to low completion rates and many students fail to transition between grades and dropout rates are high.

The government and its partners have endorsed quality foundations for learning as the priority reform to transform Uganda’s education system. With GPE support, the country is improving learning outcomes in basic competencies, especially literacy and numeracy, for all children.

Reforms will, for example, improve access to quality pre-primary education and enhance professional development for teachers. Interventions will be designed to foster a system that better serves vulnerable groups such as girls, refugees, those with disabilities and learners from socioeconomically marginalized areas.

Result story

Uganda: Building a stronger teaching force

  • In Uganda, many teachers did not have adequate knowledge of educational content, particularly for teaching the early grades.
  • The GPE-supported program aimed to improve teacher effectiveness in the public primary education system.
  • Now better trained teachers as well as stronger school leadership are paving the way for improved learning.


(data as of July 24, 2024)

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2022 - 2023

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: US$197,397

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2020 - 2021

    Allocation: US$15,000,000

    Utilization: US$14,998,918

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2018 - 2020

    Allocation: US$500,000

    Utilization: US$500,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2014 - 2020

    Allocation: US$100,000,000

    Utilization: US$98,470,076

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2013 - 2014

    Allocation: US$249,717

    Utilization: US$249,717

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2013 - 2014

    Allocation: US$299,949

    Utilization: US$299,949

    Grant agent: WB

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:

  • The Forum for Education NGOs in Uganda (FENU) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).
  • Adolescent Mothers’ Education Initiative (AMEI) led by World Vision UK for the 2021-2024 period.

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