We get to school as early as 3am – students.

This is a typical village within Bidibidi refugee settlement. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 23 Feb 2019.

New year is a reminder of new school term, in East Africa. In Bidibidi refugee settlement, which is located in Northern Uganda, majority of secondary students walk miles – coming from all directions of the settlement – a size of an average city to reach school. Trekking mostly dark paths, students aim at getting to school as early as 3 am. The purpose is to scramble for space inside their respective classrooms. This learning condition worries everyone, including the Refugee Welfare Council. 

Opio John paul compiled the story, presented by Lillian Ochoo. 

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