Project themes:

The Challenge

While the rate of primary and secondary education is climbing in Uganda, there are still many factors turning girls away from school. Inadequate school infrastructure (classrooms and furniture), sexual harassment and gender based violence, pregnancy, and household responsibilities such as cooking and caring for younger siblings are all major deterrents for girls in Uganda. In rural areas, it is even more difficult for girls to attend school because of the cost of school and sorting finances for transportation as well. While there are many forces working against the girl child, the benefits of receiving an education outweigh the negative aspects tremendously.

The Aim

The scholarships are part of the StepUp programme and aims to increase the number of girls in the area who are able to attend secondary school.

Areas of work

Scholarships Scheme

School girls

As part of the StepUp programme, OCA has established a scholarship scheme that promotes and encourages education for the girl child. Girls in StepUp communities have the ability to join a programme that provides funding for their school fees. While not every girl is able to be a part of the programme, it has definitely encouraged more girls to attend school. In one StepUp community, over 50 girls are now enrolled in secondary school.


Our partner

Uganda, StepUp, partner OCAOrganisation for Community Action (OCA)

OCA was established in 2001 in Lira, Northern Uganda to mobilize resources to implement various community based activities geared toward improving standard of living of the rural subsistence farmers.