As school resumed in January, a number of Road to Hope (RTH) children decided to pursue vocational education to focus on a trade.
Alice has been a nurse for 37 years and is a patient care coordinator at Center for Hospice Care. Getrude lives in Kyankwanzi District of Uganda with her four siblings (two of whom are also on the RTH program) and their father, who is a farmer.
On January 10th, 2022, Uganda’s schools reopened after what may be the world’s longest pandemic-related closure. An estimated one-third of students will not return to school in Uganda this month.
PCAU is currently holding regional retreats for a small number of children in their respective regions to provide social and psychological support to the children.
Most schools remain closed as the government seeks to ensure more teachers and school support staff are vaccinated. Uganda reports that nearly half of all teachers have received at least their first vaccine dose.
We have all been anxiously awaiting news on the re-opening of schools. The president addressed the nation on September 22nd, announcing updates on vaccinations and the re-opening of religious institutions.
Since March of last year, when all schools first closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCAU has worked to support the children on the Road to Hope (RTH) program while at home.
Stephen became a student in the Road to Hope (RTH) program in November of 2012 with the goal of becoming a clinical officer (which requires training similar to that of a physician assistant in the US).
Last month, Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports made the long-awaited announcement regarding the opening of schools to complete the 2020 academic year.
Earlier this month, Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports made the long-awaited announcement regarding the opening of schools to complete the 2020 academic year.
The reopening of schools for candidate classes earlier this month was a busy, exciting time for the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) team and many of our Road to Hope (RTH) children.
Schools remain closed and there is no indication yet when they will open this year. An estimated 15 million children are currently staying home – including the 56 children on our Road to Hope (RTH) program.