Include Project

Our INCLUDE project responds to the urgent educational needs of children in refugee settlements in Uganda. We support children to reclaim their right to learn and provide psychosocial support to counter the negative impacts of armed conflict.
Uganda Include War Child programme

Our structured recreational activities develop increased self-confidence and trust in others.

Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Far from home

Uganda is one of the largest hosting nations in the world, with some 1.4 million refugees and asylum-seekers in search of a safe haven. Some 60 percent of them are children, escaping protracted conflict in South Sudan and neighbouring countries and living in crowded refugee camps in Uganda’s West Nile region and in northern Uganda. Here their opportunities are slim, and the threat of exploitation is high.

Out of school and living with trauma

Denied their fundamental right to learn, most refugee and asylum-seeking children in Uganda miss out on years of education. Some 682,000 school-age children lack basic reading and writing skills.

Accelerating education

Working in partnership with Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Finn Church Aid, War Child is addressing the children’s educational needs in three key conflict-affected districts of Uganda - Arua district (Imvepi, Rhino and Omugo), Moyo district (Palorinya) and Yumbe district (Bidi-Bidi).

The children’s educational needs are being addressed through the Accelerated Education Programme (AEP) which aims to speed up children’s learning by covering two to three grades of primary education in a single year. Ultimately it facilitates their return to the formal education system – where they can continue to work towards a better future.

War Child’s flagship programme, Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) plays a key role in this – a tablet-based game rooted in government-approved school curricula.

Our INCLUDE project in Uganda

Dealing with the trauma of war

The partnership also provides vital psychosocial support via Team Up – War Child’s second flagship programme. Structured recreational activities see children play and develop new friendships, while regular counselling sessions offer a safe space where they can begin to deal with their experiences.

Through the training of teachers, youth leaders and school management committees – and improved relationships between local Government and NGOs – War Child’s work also meets the needs of Uganda’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) response.

Uganda Include programme War Child

We enable children to develop their resilience and innate strengths.

Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Uganda Include War Child programme

We also work with parents and other key adults in children’s lives.

Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Key achievements

The project’s first year saw the opening or construction of four new Accelerated Education Centers in Uganda’s Arau District.

In 2019, some 9,350 children enrolled in the Team Up Uganda initiative and a further 2,100 children embraced the world of serious gaming as participants in the Can’t Wait to Learn programme.

24 classroom blocks were built at eight AEPs in Bidi Bidi and Omuga, and a further four semi-permanent blocks of 12 classrooms were built at four AEPS in Palorinya Moyo district. This included 14 gender- and disability-sensitive latrines and wash rooms.

In all, over 8,800 children participated in the programme in 2018. This is set to rise to 24,400 in 2019.

Our Project Partners

Save The Children is a global non-profit organisation focused on conducting action on children’s rights for more than 90 years.

The Norwegian Refugee Council, founded in 1946, is an independent humanitarian organisation that protects the rights of people affected by displacement.

Finn Church Aid works in 14 countries to deliver rights-based protection for children. It is the largest Finnish NGO in development cooperation.

Our work in Uganda

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War Child works in areas affected by armed conflict. This may be during the conflict or after it has ended. Working in these areas presents a variety of challenges ranging from insecurity to political and logistic constraints.

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