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Student joy, dropout heartache as Uganda reopens schools after long COVID-19 shutdown

Student joy, dropout heartache as Uganda reopens schools after long COVID-19 shutdown

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA THIS week 18-year-old Fridah Namuganza is taking orders and wiping down tables in the Ugandan restaurant where she works – but she wishes she was putting on a new school uniform and returning to classes like her friend Rachael Nalwanga. The tale of the two friends – one a dropout, one joyfully resuming her education - is also the tale of millions of Uganda’s children as many went back to classes on Monday after a nearly two-year shutdown of schools induced by COVID-19. The shutdown in the East African country was the longest disruption of educational institutions globally…
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