Uganda is home to 1.4 million refugees, forced to flee from conflict in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving behind their homes, livelihoods, and education. With conflict still raging, families have no hope of returning home any time soon. Instead, they are stranded in camps where job opportunities are scarce, access to education is limited, and living conditions are basic at best. 

In Kampala, the capital of Uganda, there are thousands of children who aren't going to school because of poverty. Families are unable to afford the costs of education and many children end up supporting their families by working on the streets instead of going to school.

Whether in the camps, on the streets, or living in poverty, we believe that each and every child deserves a quality education.

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What We Do

Street Child is helping 5,100 refugee children access an improved quality education in the newest settlement for South Sudanese refugees, in Palabek, Northern Uganda, where seven settlement elementary schools, two government schools, and one high school currently cater for over 15,000 children - and this number is growing daily.

  • Street Child has opened the first of its elementary schools - The Progressive Primary School in Palabek - and is soon to begin construction of our second in the area.

  • We will also be supporting a further three schools with teacher training, teaching materials and WASH facilities, supported in large part by Education Cannot Wait, a major new global fund created to transform delivery of education in emergencies.

  • We are also planning to assist 3,000 children aged 8-14 in Congolese refugee settlements in Western Uganda, where 27% of all refugees in Uganda are hosted.

  • These settlements are under extreme pressure following the large influx of refugees in response to renewed violence in DRC. It is estimated that 19% of refugee children who are enrolled in elementary school are over-age for their grade, due to having missed school and language barriers.

  • Street Child wants to implement an elementary school ‘bridging’ program in five schools, constructing temporary learning centers where we provide children with a six-month compressed curriculum and language support, so they are then able to integrate into mainstream schooling at the correct level.

Stories From Our Work


Andrew - The student determined to return to school

Andrew is 15 years old and he came to Uganda 6 months ago having fled from South Sudan on his own, leaving all of his family behind. Andrew now lives on his own in a Palabek refugee settlement.

Before Street Child built The Progressive Primary School in Palabek, Andrew was not studying and had nothing to do with his days. However, he was desperate to return to school and so when he saw the new school, he registered immediately.

His favourite subject is English and in the future he would like to be a bank teller.


Nadia - The teaching assistant going above and beyond for her students

Nadia is 23 years old and one of our teaching assistants at The Progressive Primary School in Palabek. Nadia fled from South Sudan 15 months ago where she had previously worked as a volunteer teacher.

Before our Progressive Primary School opened, Nadia had been struggling to find work in Uganda. Now she walks almost 4 hours to work (with her baby on her back) each day in order to teach the children. Although it is very far, she says she is happy to do it as she is very passionate about helping children learn. Her dream is to complete teacher training so that she can become a qualified teacher.