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Edukans in Uganda

Uganda’s current formal education system is a four tier structure that is modeled along a 7-4-2-3 year progression pattern: Seven years of primary education, followed by four years of lower secondary or Ordinary level (‘O’ level), two years of upper secondary or advanced level (‘A’ level) and three to five years of tertiary education. In parallel, there is an alternative technical and vocational transitioning consisting of a wide variety of training programs that follow immediately after primary education and three or four year post-secondary technical/vocational programs. The structure of education has remained in force since attainment of independence over 50 years ago. Primary school leavers, have the option to proceed to secondary education or join P.7 enrolling BTVET institutions. O’ level/UCE leavers on the other hand have several options; these include proceeding with Advanced Level (UACE) Secondary education, enrolling for a two year advanced course in a BTVET institution, or enrolling for a two-year grade three primary teacher training program in a Primary Teachers’s College. A’ level/ UACE leavers also have several avenues for progression to higher education/training. These include (i) proceeding to university, (ii) joining a National Teachers College for a two year course (iii) Joining a Uganda Technical College for a two year course, (iv)Joining a Uganda College of Commerce for a two year course (Government of Uganda, 2016).

Edukans programmes

In Uganda, Edukans is locally registered as Edukans Education Services (as an NGO and Ltd under Guarantee) and will continue to drive the agenda of Edukans which is to provide marginalised children and youngsters around the world with quality basic education and vocational training. The organisation focuses on the four key thematic areas of Quality basic education, Vocational education, Education in emergencies and equal opportunities for boys and girls.

Edukans has been working in Uganda through partners since 1994 supporting and improving the quality of education and skills development programmes with a focus on underprivileged children and unemployed youths. Currently in collaboration with its strategic partner ELECU, AVSI, Advance Afrika and Heifer Uganda has been supporting basic education and skills development through a number of districts and Agriculture training institutions.

The specific projects that are being run by together with these Strategic partners are;

  • Education Local Expertise Centre Uganda (ELECU) – is implementing the EDU Q-Card tool and EDUstars school approach;
  • AVSI – Skilling Youth for Employment in Agri-business (SKY) project in St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre in Kamuli; Kyera Agricultural Training College, Busitema University/Arapai campus in Soroti;
  • Advance Afrika – we are implementing 2 major projects (Small holder farmers under the Civic Engagement Alliance in Lango, Teso, Karamoja and Bridging opportunities for effective and productive livelihoods of youth prison inmates and ex-inmates in Northern Uganda in Amuru, Kitgum, Gulu);
  • Heifer International – Learn for Agri-business project (L4AB) in Dokolo.

Edukans team

The Edukans Country Representative Uganda is Pamela Kertho. For specific questions about our work in Uganda or in case you want to partner with us, please contact Pamela Kertho via pamela@edukans.org.


On 12 November 2020 we were on the national news in Uganda! Edukans Country Director Uganda Pamela Kertho presented the ambitions of our new Tools4Training project in West-Nile, Uganda. Together with War Child Holland and Norwegian Refugee Council, we will cooperate with Directorate of Industrial Training to strengthen the vocational skills training that young refugees receive and to prepare them well for labour market opportunities. Special thanks to Nuffic Global Development for its support through the Orange Knowledge Programme!

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