Educating Africa's Children

About Uganda

Overview
Capital Kampala
Languages English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers)
Ganda or Luganda (preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school)
Swahili
Arabic
Religions Protestant (primarily Anglican, Pentecostal, and Seventh Day Adventist) 42%
Roman Catholic 41.9%
Muslim 12.1%
President Yoweri Museveni (1986 – present)
Independence From the United Kingdom October 9, 1962
2009 Population Estimate 32,710,000
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Per Capita $1,152
Currency Ugandan Shilling
Half of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day.
Education
Average Years of Formal Education Total: 10 years
Male: 11 years
Female: 10 years
Literacy (defined as the percentage of population 15 and over that can read and write)
Total Population: 66.8%
Male population: 76.8%
Female population: 57.7%
Geography

Uganda is located in East Africa and is bordered by Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania.  Its geographic area is slightly smaller than the state of Oregon.