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Project information

Quality Education for Refugees in Northern Uganda

South Sudan is facing a deep crisis which has displaced over 1 million refugees to Uganda. This project invests in the future peace of the country in a most effective way by educating the refugee children so that they can return and rebuild their nation.

January 2019 - July 2021

Charity information: Windle International

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  • Need


    The refugees from South Sudan who have entered North Uganda in the past three years and continue to arrive in 2018 are traumatised. The project will contribute to the capacity of Northern Uganda to provide good education to refugees, employing an innovative integration policy approved by UNHCR.
    Schools in N Uganda lack this capacity but Windle is addressing this challenge as the lead education agency selected by UNHCR. The project will also provide inservice training to refugee teachers.


    Windle will improve the capacity of Rhino Camp High School and Ofua Secondary School in North Uganda, making use in part of the limited funds available through UNHCR and supplementing this with resources from a number of sources.
    This project will focus on much needed infrastructure for secondary schools in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement and will also train refugee teachers to give them skills to use now and to take home.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the quality of learning for 100 refugee girls per year at Rhino High School


    » Construct dormitory accommodation for 100 refugee girls a the school and associated facilities
    » Construct three staff houses for female teachers at Rhino Camp High School
    » Initiate vocational training for students alongside their academic study by supporting teachers and materials

    What success will look like

    complete construction and commission the building. Improved retention rates, academic performance and access to viable livelihoods for refugee girls at Rhino Camp High School

    Aim 2

    Improve the housing of teachers and facilities for all students at Ofua Refugee Secondary School


    » Build housing for six staff members at Ofua School
    » Build good quality latrines at Ofua Secondary School and provide solar lighting for the school compound.

    What success will look like

    Monitor the effects of the housing provision on the quality of teachers and their attendance/performance.
    Monitor the impact of the project on attendance/performance by refugees.

    Aim 3

    To give refugee teachers in N Uganda access to online certified teacher training


    » We work in partnership with local and international universities to provide high quality teacher training using internet and tablet technology

    What success will look like

    We will monitor and mentor trainee teachers and success will be seen both by improved teacher and results and completion of the training

  • Impact


    The project will raise morale and education standards both for refugees and the host population. The investment in education will also equip refugees with skills to use on their return home. The new integrated approach to refugee hosting which is being trialled in North Uganda may also set an example for other situations. We will monitor the effect on the quality of education closely. The project will also invest in the long term teaching capacity of South Sudan.


    This is part of a larger intervention and it will be most effective if other elements are well funded and implemented.
    It is possible that the refugees may be able to return home within two years but at present this looks highly unlikely.
    We are supporting education provision across the community and even if refugees return the classrooms, staff housing and other facilities will be a valuable resource for the host community because of the integrated approach to hosting refugees.


    We will report on the construction element as it is completed and then later on the impact of the Investment on educational capacity and quality particularly as regard the education of refugee girls. We will report on the performance and study of the teacher trainees.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Construction Dormitory facilities for 100 refugee girls
      £3,000 Construction of 3 staff houses Three houses for staff
      £1,800 Equipment Furnishing the dormitory
      £1,400 M&E Evaluation of impact of the project and engagement with the refugee community for future management
      £3,800 Construction Latrines for secondary schools
      £8,000 Teacher Training Inservice teacher training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    UK churches £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Rhino Camp in Northern Uganda has received about one third of the 1.2 million South Sudanese refugees who have fled civil conflict in South Sudan in the past three years. The area is already a marginalised area of Uganda, hosting refugees and internally displaced Ugandans, and lacks the capacity to provide education for the refugees without some external support.


    The main beneficiaries will be the refugee giris who will attend Rhino High School and Ofua Secondary School, with expanded capacity . Teachers will benefit from basic accommodation which will help attract good teachers and enable them to teach effectively and from the teacher training. Female refugee students will have a secure environment in which to study and be spared their current long daily walks to school. Latrines will promote retention of girls particularly.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the main implementing partner of UNHCR for education of refugees in Northern Uganda (and in other refugee settlements in Uganda). We have worked closely with Uganda and South Sudan in the education sector for over 20 years and have shown that we can improve the quality in a cost-effective and innovative manner as well as expanding the capacity for providing education at all levels. We are uniquely placed to implement this project effectively and have a very strong track record.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Aryam

    Overall Manager. James is the country director of Windle Trust Uganda and a highly experienced education manager in both Uganda and South Sudan.

    Emmanuel Curuma

    Project Manager: Emmanuel has many years experience working in refugee education in Uganda. He will oversee the implementation by Windle staff

    Hope Deng

    Hope Deng is a refugee girl studying at Rhino Camp High School. Her deep commitment to her studies and her dream of becoming a doctor inspires us.

    Bijay Dhungana

    Coordination of online learning provision for teacher training.