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 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.