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August 14, 2014

Last ‘Classroom Under a Tree’: Ugandan Students Gain a Schoolhouse
JICA project improves educational environment for students in Agago District

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In the Acholi region of Uganda, the national government, its development partners, NGOs and others have been working to rebuild basic infrastructure destroyed during the civil war. Many primary schools were reopened, but water, toilets, teacher housing and even schoolhouses were notably lacking. In some cases, more than 100 students were forced to sit on the floor of a thatched roof hut or under a tree for their lessons, a situation that urgently needed addressing. On Feb. 13, Kokil Primary School, the last school in the Agago District that had been forced to give lessons under a tree, received a new schoolhouse as part of JICA's Project for Rebuilding Community for Promoting Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Acholi Sub-Region in Northern Uganda. But solving one problem brought new ones, as there was a resulting sudden increase in the number of prospective students for the new school year. Educators are working hard to solve problems including crowded classrooms.

*The contents of this story is a summary of a story included in JICA Gulu office Newsletter (in Japanese). For the original story, please see below.

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