Reducing conflict within schools in northern Uganda
The introduction of free universal primary and secondary education in 2007 by the government of Uganda led to a significant increase in school enrolment. However, there are significant challenges and disparities in children’s attendance at school and tensions arising from these, combined with the context within which schools operate, can lead to conflict within schools.
This briefing is based on a gender and conflict analysis focusing on the education sector in refugee settlements and surrounding host communities in Adjumani in northern Uganda. It was carried out between September and October 2020 by Saferworld and Right to Play.
The briefing outlines the main conflict issues that arise in, and impact on, the education sector in the refugee settlements and host communities. It provides recommendations for policymakers, government and teachers, and aims to increase conflict sensitivity knowledge and understanding across the sector to reduce conflict and enhance the learning potential of both refugee and host community children in Adjumani.