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Friday, November 7, 2014

33 million children out of school in Africa, 3 out of 10 Children aged 6-9 years have never attended school in Uganda

About 61 million children of primary school age were out of school in the world. 
More than half of them (33 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa and a further one fifth (13 million) in Southern Asia.\
 [Graphic via Women Deliver]
adapted from 
  https://plus.google.com/+onedayswages/posts  http://www.onedayswages.org/ 
The Uganda context:

The population is very young with 51.6% below the age of 15 years and 56.1% below 18 years[1]

19% of children (2.3 million) are orphans[2] and 1.1million households have at least one orphan. This presents a high age dependency ratio. 

About three in ten girls and boys aged 6-9 years have never attended school despite Uganda’s push towards MDG number 2, “Universal Primary Education”;[3] 
About 80% of the cases of child abuse reported by media and annual crime report from the Uganda Police are of sexual assault by nature i.e. mostly defilement; 
1.76 million Children are engaged in child labour with majority being the orphans and school drop-out;
Early marriages, early unwanted pregnancies; unsafe abortions, STDs, HIV/AIDS and low contraceptive use are common with the youth; 
The rate of contracting AIDS is six times higher among Girls (15-19 years) than their male counterparts.