Education un Uganda

Undoubtedly, education is a key driver for the progress and well-being of individuals and societies. Investing in education is investing in a better future for everyone.

Education varies from country to country due to a combination of historical, cultural, economic, and political factors.

History and culture directly influence the education system. Traditions, cultural values, and religious beliefs can determine the focus and content of education. On the other hand, the economic resources available for education vary widely. Wealthier nations can invest more in infrastructure, educational materials, technology, and teacher training, resulting in more advanced education systems. Educational policies are determined by governments and can vary according to political ideals and national priorities. Other factors such as urbanization, migration, population density, and social conflicts also affect education.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of the projects we collaborate on are directly related to education in different destinations. Today, we will talk about the education model in Uganda, one of the most popular destinations for volunteer experiences.

There have been advances in education in Uganda, but many challenges remain.


Despite the implementation of Universal Primary Education (UPE) in 1997 aimed at providing free and compulsory primary education, educational quality has been a challenge due to the high student-teacher ratio and lack of adequate resources, preventing education from being as high-quality as it should be.


Many schools, especially in remote and rural areas, lack adequate infrastructure for teaching. This includes dilapidated classrooms, broken and poor-quality furniture, and lack of teaching materials. In a country where rain is abundant, and with a scarcity of electricity and other factors, conducting classes normally is often nearly impossible.


There is a gap in gender differences, and although efforts have been made to promote girls’ education, challenges with gender equity persist, especially in rural areas. Traditional cultural and social expectations assign different roles to boys and girls, often prioritizing boys’ education over girls’. Many girls are also forced into early marriages, interrupting their education. Additionally, domestic work forces many to drop out of school to take care of the household and family.


Unfortunately, the dropout rate is quite high, especially during the transition from primary to secondary education. Due to economic, social, and cultural factors, many families cannot afford to continue investing in education, forcing children to drop out of school.


Education funding remains very limited and directly affects the government’s ability to improve educational facilities and teacher training.

How is education structured in Uganda?


  • Not mandatory or universal.
  • Mainly offered by private institutions.
  • Serves children aged 3 to 6 years.


  • Comprises seven years (Primary 1 to Primary 7).
  • Begins at age 6.
  • Free and compulsory according to the Universal Primary Education (UPE) policy
  • implemented in 1997.
  • At the end, students take the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE).


  • Divided into two cycles: lower secondary (S1 to S4) and upper secondary (S5 to S6).
  • Lower secondary lasts four years, ending with the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exam.
  • Upper secondary lasts two years, culminating with the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exam.


  • Includes universities, technical institutes, and teacher training colleges.
  • Both public and private institutions.
  • Tertiary education includes degrees, diplomas, and certificates in various disciplines.


What initiatives and reforms are proposed or have been proposed?

  • Universal Secondary Education (USE)
  • Implemented in 2007 to provide free access to secondary education, similar to UPE.
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy
  • Initiatives to improve access and quality of preschool education.
  • Investments in Educational Technology
  • Programs to integrate technology in classrooms and enhance teacher training.
  • Literacy Programs
  • Efforts to increase literacy rates among adults and youth outside the formal school system.

Uganda is committed to making significant progress in expanding access to education, continuously reviewing the curriculum to make it more relevant and aligned with labor market needs. Ongoing policy reforms aim to address these issues and improve the education system.

There is much to be done, but we are on the right path.

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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.