Project information

Quality Education for Refugees in Northern Uganda

South Sudan is facing a deep crisis in 2016 and the peace process is at risk. 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 heir nation.

January 2017 - July 2017

Charity information: Windle International

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  • Need


    The refugees from South Sudan who have entered North Uganda in 2014 and continue to arrive in 2016 are traumatised and include both sides of the current civil conflict in South Sudan. 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 North Uganda do not have this capacity but Windle is addressing this challenge as the lead education agency selected by UNHCR.


    Windle will improve the capacity of Rhino Camp 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 staff housing for this new secondary school in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the quality of teaching in Rhino Camp High School by providing accommodation for 6 teachers


    » Develop plans for construction of accommodation block and associated facilities
    » Contract the construction of the staff housing and facilities at Rhino Camp Secondary School
    » Oversee the construction in consultation with school authorities
    » Commission the accommodation for staff.

    Completion and commissioning of staff housing and ensuring that the facilities are used to improve teacher recruitment and access.

    Aim 2

    Improve Teaching Standards and the Access of Refugee Girls to Secondary Education


    » Increase the number of female teachers in Rhino Secondary School.
    » Increase the female enrolment in Rhino Camp Secondary School.
    » Evaluate the impact of the project on the quality of education and expansion of the school.

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

  • 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.


    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 unlikely.
    We are supporting education provision across the community and even if refugees return the classrooms, staff housing and desks 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.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,000 Construction Building staff housing for 4-6 staff members. Direct construction costs
      £2,200 Management Oversight of construction and site visits.
      £1,800 Equipment Furnishing the houses and provision of support facilities
      £1,400 M&E Evaluation of impact of the project and engagement with the refugee community for future management

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Justgiving Project £650 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Rhino Camp in Northern Uganda has received about one third of the 150,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled civil conflict in South Sudan during 2014 to 2016. The area is already a marginalised area of Uganda, hosting refugees and internally displaced Ugandas, and lacks the capacity to provide education for the refugees without some external support.


    The main beneficiaries will be the refugee children who will attend Rhino High School, expanded through this programme. The new teachers will benefit from basic accommodation which will help attract good teachers and enable them to work without long commutes. The area has a long history of receiving refugees.
    The new integrated approach to hosting refugees will ensure that the host population benefits from the improvements in schools.

  • 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 manner as well as expanding the capacity for providing education at all levels.

    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.

    Helen Kulabako

    Project Manager: Helen has twenty years experience working in refugee education in Eastern Africa and is herself a former refugee.