Education is a key to success though many Batwa children are not educated because of the extreme poverty that the Batwa are facing after eviction from their ancestral land.
The Batwa children are unable to exercise their rights to education since their parents are unable to provide them with all the necessities including fees, scholastic materials, advice and lack of educational icon in their communities.
In 2008, UOBDU started implementing education project funded by Ford Foundation (FF), where Batwa children were enrolled in the project. The project provided them with boarding amenities which increased their participation, attendance in class and enhanced their performance as well.
In 2013, out of 27 Batwa children (18M & 9F),8 children sat for Uganda National Examination Board exams at different levels whereby; 3 children sat for Primary Leaving Exams (2M & 1F), 2 Males sat for Uganda certificate of Education (UCE) and 3 children (2M &1F) sat for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
Congratulations to all the 8 candidates for their determination and patience and thanks to Act and Empower the present funder for Batwa education.
To the entire world let’s all come together to support the young Batwa access education, since the future of the entire Batwa communities are in them.
Together we can change Batwa lives and together we can do it, yes we can.