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Unearthing the Pen - The Struggle for Education in Karamoja

Published: Jul 2020
30 mins


Find out how, after a troubled history, the Karamoja region of north eastern Uganda is finally embracing education for its young people.

Karamoja has always rejected formal education, preferring to follow traditional elders who symbolically buried a pen in 1942 and ordered the "death" of education

In 1995, the pen was finally unearthed and a community run programme, Alternative Basic Education for Karamoja, was devised to engage the pastoral society in eduction.

This documentary tells the extraordinary story of the development of education in the Karamoja, the value of which is now being realised across the region.

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