Every Last Child Campaign

The Every Last Child campaign in Uganda is part of Save the Children International’s global campaign focusing on the most marginalized children in the world. In Uganda, we are focusing particularly on children living in remote areas who have, so far, been left behind in the country’s development.

Children’s rights

Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, to which Uganda is a signatory; and under the country’s Constitution and the Children Act; children in Uganda have certain rights. These include the rights to survival, learning and protection. Despite significant progress in upholding these rights in Uganda, more than 1 in 10 children die before their 5th birthday (UNICEF, 2013). Sixty-eight percent (68%) of children drop out of school before completing primary education (UNESCO, 2012).

Children in remote areas

The chances of surviving, learning and being protected as a child in Uganda vary significantlyaccording to where you live. Children living in remote areas have some of the highest levels of deprivation; they have been left behind in the country’s progress. That is why Save the Children is calling on the Government of Uganda to address the challenges faced by children living in remote areas.

 A new era of development

If Uganda is to achieve its ‘Vision 2040’ to become a middle-income country, achieve its ambitions set out in the National Development Plan II and reach the Sustainable Development Goal Targets by 2030, investment in the health, education and protection of the children left behind will be crucial. We must reach children living in the remote areas of Uganda. We must reach Every Last Child.

Every Last Child

Through this campaign, Save the Children calls on the Government to make three key policy changes by 2018:

1. Health: The criteria currently used to allocate national health resources to districts is based on the size of the population, it does not reflect level of need. This results in skewed resourcing of health services to the disadvantage of rural and remote parts of the country.  

We call on the Government to: Consider local needs and challenges when allocating health resources.

2. Education: Non-formal schools are often established in remote areas where there was previously no local school. These schools, however, do not receive adequate Government funding. 

We call on the Government to: Allocate adequate education resources to non-formal schools. 

3. Child protection: The Government’s Child Protection Strategy, which focuses on addressing child abuse, child marriage and early child bearing, has not yet been finalized. Funding for child protection in Uganda is also low.

We call on the Government to: Develop a comprehensive and adequately resourced Child Protection Strategy.

Read more about our campaign on: https://campaigns.savethechildren.net/country/uganda