challenge of keeping girls in school requires comprehensive strategies that take into account all factors that disadvantage the girl child to access and complete quality education at all levels, the Government launched the Keeping Girls in School (KGS) Initiative in 2016. This initiative is a component of the Girl’s Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project funded by the World Bank at a cost of US $65million. The project is being implemented by three line ministries: the Ministry of General Education (MoGE), the Ministry of Gender and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS).
The MoGE Permanent Secretary, Henry Tukombe, noted that the KGS Initiative target is 14, 000 secondary school girls to be sponsored by the end of the project. Of the 7000 that were targeted in 2017, about 6,738 girls had already been covered by May 2017. These girls are being targeted through a scheme called Social Cash Transfer Households (SCTHH).