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Online studies: luxury and challenge in Uganda's virus lockdown

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<p>Some parents in Uganda are exploring online learning platforms to keep their wards engaged as schools in the country remain closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown. </p> <p>Many private schools in the country, are offering online tutoring for fee paying children, while some parents are hiring tutors and providing computers for online classes. </p> <p>Helga Nakiyingi-Rutaagi, is one such parent: “When the lockdown was lifted and the schools were still not going to open I felt that that was going to be an opportunity for me to get somebody who could help to fill these gaps before school starts.”</p> <p>On the other side, parents who can’t afford this, have resorted to skills training. Like Susan Acheng, a mother of three. She is training her boys on pig farming. Making every day some sort of learning experience for her children.</p> <p>“If you go to school you get more knowledge, but even skills are needed, so me I have some project of mine they go to the farm and they help me so that’s the way I am maintaining them,” she said.</p> <p>According to the Ministry of Education, plans are advanced to provide learning materials for poor families who cant afford online class or private tutors. Reports say, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of children out of school anywhere in the world.</p> <style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style><div class='embed-container'><iframe src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/517hOamQWqU' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
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