Objectives of project
Our objective is to provide a holistic and transformational community service to enhance good health, self-reliance and peace among the targeted poor, marginalized women, children and men.
This Initiative aims to:
1. To enhance primary education learning environment at 5 schools for percentage improvement in performance and personal development.
- Provide facilities for improved access and quality primary education
- Execute a teacher upgrade programme
- Establish inter-school and inter-country cooperation among youth
2. Improve school facilities and access to text books and scholastic materials
3. Capacity building for teachers
This project is a component of an adopt a village concept that we have developed in this area. Other areas of focus covered are Water & Sanitation, Maternal & Child Health and Economic & Community Development.
An estimated population of 7,728 - 1,952 households in 8 villages. Of the estimated population, 52% are women, 16% children less than 4 years of age and only 8% of the population is above age group 45 years. 57% of the youth between 15-24 years are illiterate and over 321 never attended school. Furthermore, 68% of the youth (1,720) dropped out from primary school, 45% (455) dropped out from secondary school. 25% of the children less than 18 years of age do not attend school.
The policy for free primary and secondary education in Uganda provides for an opportunity for all children to attend school but it has its many challenges. However, absent is an outreach programme that spreads out to the poor and marginalized women, children and men.
There are 15 schools in Lukwanga parish. Nothing outstanding can be mentioned about these schools. Access to quality basic primary and secondary education is pitiable. The schools maintain a positive attitude towards educating their children but the performance is atrocious. In comparison with other schools in Kampala district with improved quality with over (70%) passes, on average only (6%) of students pass with a first grade in the primary seven leaving examinations. Approximately, 40 students out of 669 students in Lukwanga parish enrolled in the three of the largest schools, stand a chance of performing above standard. In addition with no access to computers at schools or in their households means that if any, only a minimal number of the population in Lukwanga have computer skills.
Yet quality of education responds to the quality of the home environment, to children's nutritional status, to materials such as textbooks and to class size this is a privilege to a few.
There is gender disparity in education and in many instances girls education is precarious due to early pregnancy and periods that force them out of school for a number of days.
There is lack of community support to programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education. The secondary schools available are not adequate probably due to the lack of demand. Notable is the high level of school dropouts where 7 out of 10 students do not proceed to secondary school or do not complete secondary school, as parents or guardians cannot afford the fees. Even if the parents wanted to take their children beyond O'Level these children would have to foot 8km or more making 16 km per day and risk rape and abduction among others. However, some do not attend school due to the parent's attitude towards education and the orphans living with the elderly are most affected. The aggravated effect has rendered over (70%) of the youth redundant with limited skills to advance their careers.
Commitment to education is lacking. Of the 1,303 children below 18 years of age in four villages (25%) do not attend school. However, the most affected is Luggi village where (65%) of the children do not attend school, Luggi community has the lowest average monthly income estimated at Ushs 10,000. Muyenje and Lukwanga are among the villages with high numbers of children out of school roughly 4 out 10 children do not attend school, of which 20% are girls from Muyenje.
The proposed interventions shall involve;
- Support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy
- Reduce gender disparity in education and provide training in teaching literacy
- Provide training in teaching literacy
Intervention 1: Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all.
- Provide 280 desks and chairs to Nabukalu primary school, Kamya memorial school, Lubiri high school, Good hope primary school and Gimbo primary school.
- Supply first aid boxes to 10 schools
- Encourage recreational activities through the provision of football gears, volley ball, and net ball equipments to 10 schools
- Construction of 2 additional blocks of classrooms at Good Hope, Kamya memorial school, Gimbo and Nabukalu schools
- Finishing of classroom floors to prevent jiggers from spreading to 603 children at Good hope and Nabukalu primary school and offer a clean environment for the children.
- Supply of Text books and Scholastic materials to Good Hope primary School, Kamya memorial school, Nabukalu primary school and Gimbo primary school.
Intervention 2: Working to reduce gender disparity in education
- Distribute 500 packets of sanitary pads to the adolescent girls to reduce on absenteeism of the girls from school.
- Support girls' education through counseling of parents. Girls' education starts at home. Counseling of parents on the importance of education and poverty alleviation should be addressed through counseling session programmes. A team of RCCs will be trained. This programme should aim to empower 80 households and provide an opportunity for the education of the girl child.
- Sensitize children on the importance of education, specifically girls to reduce early pregnancies. We propose to work with Girls, Women and Men who have succeeded in graduating from University to be the peer motivators. Through inspiration talks we hope to provide alternative opportunities to encourage youth to pursue better careers as they progress away from poverty.
Intervention 3: Providing training in teaching literacy
The competence of teachers is crucial in the education of our children. In practice the poor communities are not as privileged to source and afford qualified teachers. Through improved and upgrading of the skills of teachers should we expect more students to progress to advanced levels with more opportunities of moving out of poverty. We propose to train 56 teachers during the vacation for a period of two months in basic teaching skills.
Local Currency: Ushs. Exchange Rate to 1 USD 2,500
Qty Supplier Category Local Cost (Shs) Cost in USD
1. Construction of Classroom Blocks
3 Atlas Construction Co. Limited Civil Works 120,000,000=
Total 120,000,000= 48,000