Girl-Child School Dropout in Uganda: The Adult Education Model as a Solution


  • Shaimah Nalubega International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Rukia Kalanzi Inter-Religious Council of Uganda



andragogy, dropout, girl-child


Despite global efforts to achieve universal education and eliminate gender disparity, Uganda has struggled to meet these targets. The nation has witnessed a significant increase in school dropouts, especially among girls, with alarming statistics revealing that over a million learners dropped out before completing primary education in 2022. High costs of education, cultural norms, and gendered expectations are among the primary reasons for this trend. The repercussions of dropping out are particularly severe for girls, leading to a myriad of societal challenges. This paper introduces the Adult Education Model, based on the principles of andragogy, as a potential solution to address the girl-child school dropout crisis in Uganda. The model emphasizes self-direction, real-world problem-solving, and the utilization of past experiences, making it particularly suited for mature learners. Implementing this model through pilot programs, with the collaboration of community leaders, NGOs, and governmental bodies, can offer a tailored educational approach for these girls. By adopting this model, Uganda can provide an inclusive, adaptable, and empathetic educational environment, ensuring a brighter future for every girl.

Author Biographies

Shaimah Nalubega, International Islamic University Malaysia

Postgraduate Student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kulliyyah of Education

Rukia Kalanzi, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda

Program Specialist, Peace and Leadership Institute


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How to Cite

Nalubega, S., & Kalanzi, R. (2023). Girl-Child School Dropout in Uganda: The Adult Education Model as a Solution. Interdisciplinary Journal of Education, 6(2), 203–214.