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|+||**In Pagak as elsewhere in Uganda, Formal Education begins when a child is six years old. In some cases though children begin at a later age say seven or even eight.Primary education takes seven years. The government of Uganda has introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) which means education for all children of school-going age. The purpose of this is to increase the level of literacy in the country. This education policy eliminates all forms of payments in the primary schools.**\\ \\ **Many Ugandans do appreciate this effort by government to make as many people as possible literate. There are however many short-comings as per this policy:**\\ |
|+||**All the same all the primary schools in the war torn parts of Uganda have been functioning. Some other problems encountered in the Primary schools is the high rate of drop-outs. This is especially true of the girl children. A good number of girls leave school at early age even at just 12 or 13. Others leave a little later i.e at 16 or 17. The government though, has a big campaign throughout the country on the importance of educating the girl child. In most cases the girls leave school for various reasons- early marriage, pregnancy, lack of interest, poor attitude towards education by some parents etc.\\ \\ This problem of leaving school has become far worse due to life in the camps. Girls are exposed to many tempting situations. Older men seduce young girls for sex taking advantage of the prevailing poverty. Sometimes children are left alone at home while parents are away in their villages; this make the children vulnerable to any risky situation.\\ \\ Continuous life in the camp means endangering our children more. HIV/AIDS prevalence is high. In the second week of December of last year some medical personel took a survey on the prevalence of HIV in the camps. In our case 39 out of 120 people tested were found positive. This is alarmingly high!!!!!!!!!!!\\ \\ We expect our children to get more and better education, health and social well-being when all the people return home and begin decent lives there.\\ \\ --Jokondino (tloughran, editor)**|