Buliisa lies in the extreme north of Uganda’s Western Region and is one of the country’s most rural districts, having been formed in 2005 after breaking away from Masindi District. Bordered to the west by Lake Albert and the east by Murchison Falls Conservation Area, the district’s predominant livelihood activities are fishing and subsistence farming.
Attitudes towards education still have a long way to go in Buliisa District, and although there are 54 government, community and private primary schools in the district, most pupils do not join primary education until around the age of 7,8, or 9 and the vast majority of pupils who begin never complete their primary education.
10.4% of pupils change school every year in Buliisa District, with transient families with multiple homes – either in Uganda’s West Nile Region or across Lake Albert in Congo – being commonplace. Buliisa District also has a high orphan rate with 16.5% of all pupils having lost either one or both parents (2,694 out of 16,339) or 1 in every 6 pupils.
In terms of teachers, about 80% of the district’s teachers and male and just 20% are female. This raises concerns over the impact this ratio has on girls staying in school. It has been found that girls are far more likely to drop out of school if there are no female role models or counsellors. This is a significant factor in the underperformance of girls in schools.
Statistics on this page are taken with kind permission from the Link Community Development EMIS Data Report 2006, which can be found in full at www.lcd.org.uk. More up to date information is hopefully coming soon.