Only 2% of Ugandan adolescents can solve daily life problems: Study shows
By AFAYO SHADRACH BETHEL
A new study has shown that only two per cent of Ugandan adolescents have the ability to solve some of their daily life problems.
These are the ones who are able to recognize the existence of a problem from multiple perspectives and understand that there may be multiple solutions to evaluate and select from.
The Uganda study which targeted a total of 11,074 adolescents aged 13-17 years, from 7,815 households across 400 enumeration areas in 20 districts was conducted by Assessment of Life Skills and Values, an initiative of the Regional Education Learning Initiative.
According to the study, about (53 per cent) of the adolescents are able to recognize the existence of a problem from one perspective and act on that to identify a possible solution but are unable to identify multiple approaches to solving a problem.
It also found that 33 per cent of adolescents struggle to recognize a problem and therefore unable to identify a possible solution and only 12 per cent are able to recognize the existence of a problem from one perspective, identify a main approach to solving it and can justify it.
Ugandans have for long been known to be among the most respectful people in the region. However, in the study; overall, only 9 percent of Ugandan adolescents express high respect for others.