Crisis-affected girls return to education

Due to conflict and crisis Scovia was forced to drop out of school. Now, along with other girls, she is returning to school and looking towards the future.


Plan International supports girls in crisis to access quality education..

“I lost hope of ever returning to school.”

Scovia, 17

As part of our humanitarian programming, Plan International Uganda supports girls affected by conflict to access education in refugee settlements with the hope of regaining their hope for a bright future, through the Accelerated Education programme. The programme supports children whose education has been interrupted due to poverty, marginalisation, conflict and crisis to return to the classroom so they can create a better future.

Scovia,17, is one of the girls who has had a chance to study through the Accelerated Education programme after being out of school for 3 years. “I lost hope of ever returning to school,” says Scovia. “I could do a lot of hard work at home. I joined school again in 2022 under the Accelerated Education programme. Other children do not laugh at us because of our age. Actually, they take us as equals.“

Teachers motivate girls to complete education

Scovia adds that the teachers are always encouraging the children to study hard and ignore the age gap between themselves and other students.

Martina, a teacher at a primary school says, “Before the programme was introduced, many pupils had dropped out of school and they were in the community engaging in fishing, sand mining and charcoal burning.”

Children learning in a classroom in Uganda
The Accelerated Education Programme supports children affected by conflict to return to the classroom.

The programme is flexible and young mothers are allowed time to breastfeed in the course of day and resume their classes. Out of the 31 children that sat their Primary Leaving Examinations in 2022, 12 were girls who had returned to school due to the Accelerated Education programme.

Education, Emergencies, Education in emergencies, Out-of-school children