Some Candidates on Donor Scholarships Panic as Schools Reopen

The COVID-19 pandemic that left schools closed since March also affected the continuity to learn by some poor and vulnerable  scholars that rely on international funds to facilitate their education as several donors have pulled out  from supporting them, citing economic constraints.

Several local organizations that partner with the international donors to support the poor children access  education have been registering regrets from their partners who attribute their inability to continue supporting the learners to the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions on their economic status.

Francis Mbazira, the Executive Director of Kamwokya Christian Caring Community that supports vulnerable and poor children around and outside Kamwokya, says that they are worried that some donors  that fund their children have so far not responded  whether they will be able to continue supporting the leaners.

Mbazira explains that  during the lockdown period, several donors pulled out from availing funds for the poor learners. However, when government announced  the school re-opening for the  candidate classes,  a section of these donors  responded to show their commitment to continue supporting these learners  to enable them complete a level in their education.

He however, notes that this did not apply to all donors as some  have not responded yet, which leaves some candidates with no funds to resume school.

Mbazira adds that they have over 100 candidates on their program and of these funders for over 40% have not yet committed to support.

Meanwhile Patience Atim, the Communications Officer for Windle international Uganda an organisation that supports education for refugees in 13 refugee settlements and host communities across Uganda, says on their part it has been the refugee children with learning difficulties  that  have suffered most as they failed to access learning material.

Atim however says they will have to utilize the available resources to support candidates because working in crisis is one of the major roles.

Brac Uganda another organisation that provides scholarships to vulnerable and poor students across the country with 2,139 senior six candidates on the program this year, says their challenge has been about the health of the scholars.

Francis Wangi, the Career advisor and acting communications officer Brac scholarship program says learners have gone through a number of health challenges, domestic violence and sexual reproductive challenges. HE affirms that the organisation ready to support them through to  enable the scholars complete their education .

He says the program is taking on all candidates without any financial interruption, but will first take run arranged counseling sessions for their beneficiary scholars to provide psychosocial support before they return to school, basing on what they have gone through during the lockdown.

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