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Uganda
Uganda is a small land locked republic in East Africa, having borders with Kenya, Zaire, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Sudan

Size
Uganda covers an area of 150,645sq miles.  That is three times the size of Enland

Population
The last census of population was reported in 1995 and the population at that time was 21,368,000

Climate
Uganda has a tropical climat where temperatures rarely rise above 290C or fall below due to the fact that it stands 3,000 ft above sea level.  The rainy seasons fall between March/ June and October / November, where together the rainfall averages 45 inches.

Geography
Mainly plateau, dry savannah or semi dessert in the North and rich fertile land in the  South.  Lake cover about 1/6th of Uganda Lake Victoria which is part of Uganda is the second largest freshwater lake in the World.

Capital
Kampala is the capital, having a population of 750,000 people.
Other Major towns are Jinta – 45,000
Masaka- 29,000
Mbale  - 28,000

Time Zone
In England we have Greenwich Mean time but depending on where you are In the world you can either be in the front or behind Greenwich Mean time.  Uganda is 3 hours in front of our time here in England so when it is 1 O’clock in England it is 4 o clock in the afternoon in Kampala

Education
This is run partly by the state, local authorities and some volunteer agencies.
There are approximately;        7905 primary school
774 Secondary schools
4 Universities
Several technical colleges

School uniform is very much in evidence in a evidence in a great variety of colours.  Children often walk several miles to go to school – can you imagine making an effort to get to school!
The pupils lf Uganda sit the same GCSE’ s and A levels as we do in this country.

Economy
Majority of employment is involved in Agriculture, producing coffee, tea, sugar banana plantains, cassavas, potatoes sweet potatoes, maize and sorghum

There is some mining of copper in the Kasese area

Occupations
Most people are farmers, with the women carrying out much of the work, Roadside stalls selling anything from onions, tomatoes and bananas to pottery, loofahs and handicrafts provide many families with their meager incomes.

Housing
In the villages these consist of small one storey shacks made out of cinder blocks, cement or mud.  All the roofs are corrugated iron and the noise inside is incredible when it rains.
They are all a grayish blue color.  In the towns homes of several storeys are found but still home made bricks are often used.

Transport
The Ugandan international airport is at Entebbe, 40 minutes from Kampala
The major towns are linked by tarmac roads but the majority of minor roads are just compacted red  dust which are very rutted , uneven and ther are no road marking in them.  Most people travel about by either bicycle or on foot.
Small minibuses are used as taxis – they are all white

Currency
The currency in Uganda is the SHILING and 1 shilling has 100 cent. 1500 shillings is equivalent to 1 pound in English money

Language
The official languages in Uganda are English and Swahili but ethic groups and tribes often speak the own language such as Bantu and Hamitic.

Religion
Over half the population are Christian – 33% catholic, 33% Protestant and 6% Muslim

Needs of Uganda
Uganda is a very poor country and it desperately needs funding to provide better housing and renovate roadways.  Medical facilities to provide better housing and renovate roadways.  Medical facilities are needed to help counteract the vast AIDS problem in Uganda.  Vaccination programmes are in progress in Uganda for all the main world diseases but much more is needed to be done. Equipment in schools is very basis and limited, this needs to be updated.