Education

Education Projects

EDUCATION SUPPORT

The Ugandan government provides free education in all public primary schools, and in selected secondary schools, but the poor still have trouble accessing quality education. Most rural schools have had enormous challenges ranging from lack of structural facilities, over-crowded classrooms, lack of teaching materials, and more, which hinder children from accessing quality education.

Education is critical in eradicating poverty, so without educated young people, the communities will become poorer. It is important in improving health; each additional year of educational attainment can reduce the risk of HIV infection and delay a woman’s first pregnancy.

It is well known that “universal access to education” does not mean free education, especially with an overcrowded system, lacking learning facilities, and full of overworked teachers and administrators. Both the poor families (parents) and school administration need help to send children to school as well as keep these children engaged with schooling. On the other hand, the children need support to keep motivated and ensure that they be able to complete their education. We are strengthening educational system, where we support educational infrastructure, increasing access to educational resources including use of technology to ensure academic success of the children.

Luhwahwa Education Support Project

OVCs with school supplies during a distribution action.

Without quality education, Uganda is unlikely to achieve the National Development Goals, the Education for All (EFA) goals, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP

The concept behind this project is to get education ‘Outside Classrooms’ such that each school in the program will contribute to the understanding and benefit of the other, generating a 4-way traffic in terms of cultural exchange, technology access, educational enhancement, and international development. Beyond this, international schools/ school children collaborate to design and implement solutions to the identified challenges that involve financing a pressing need at a partner school in Uganda.

The high cost of education in Africa presents a major challenge for most students who are financially poor and even without parents in some cases. Therefore, the twined international schools (the children) will subsidize some of the cost at the Ugandan match; where Ugandan schools use donations for purchase of supplies (books and class materials), maintenance and expansion of school facilities, paying teachers’ salaries, providing noon-meal, and other essential school expenses. On the other hand, pen-pals (or their families) could decide to directly sponsor their Uganda pals.

We believe the partnership benefit pupils, teachers and parents from both schools in the different countries and continents – culturally, morally, spiritually and socially – creating global peace and harmony.

LUYODEFO schoolchildren

Young schoolchildren in their classroom with school supplies.

Through this project, the children will develop their ability to engage their parents (wider community) in discussions about international development. This will not only promote global understanding, but help them to build character, respect and develop responsibility as global citizens.

Our Approach

To contribute to the National Development Goals and SDGs, LUYODEFO is focusing on the following cross-cutting interventions:

  • Teach parents the importance of sending their children to school and how they can ensure that their children stay in and complete school; train parents and school administrators on how to keep children engaged in learning using interactive methods; educate parents and teachers about income-generating activities that can fund the education of children; and the importance of students’ savings bank accounts and its application as micro-insurance for child education.
  • Support orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) with scholastic materials, and explore options to run sponsorship program to give them a chance to complete education.
  • Provide sexual and reproductive health education in schools and the community, offer sanitary pads (reusable menstrual kits), and counseling to school-aged girls so that they do not skip schooling during their periods.
  • Work towards improving infrastructural facilities (gender-separate toilets, girls wash/change rooms, etc.) in schools to create better sanitation and good learning environments.
  • Run a library (combination for books and computers hooked on the worldwide website) so children access appropriate books and educational games, computer class and internet to improve their reading skills and ICT (computer) knowledge making them relevant to the modern world.
  • Run an educational enrichment program through after school/ weekend tutoring and mentoring through which we link primary school children with secondary student, set up reading clubs and organize reading competitions to help young learners with reading and reviewing of classes work.
  • Support integrate early childhood development (ECD) into functional adult literacy classes and after school/ weekend tutoring, organize parent/teacher meetings and conduct home visits to ensure joint responsibility of children’s education.
  • Through the school partnership program, we are planning to support teachers training (by linking local teachers and international teachers) that can be delivered through video conferencing and or mission trips (on-site visits by teachers from abroad).
Luhwahwa Education Support Project

Community Meeting for OVC Program planning.

Our Approach

HOW WE HELP PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS:

It’s a FREE program open to any interested schools. However, we request that international schools donate $350 each term, (a minimum of $1,050 a year) to support the educational needs at Ugandan school. At LUYODEFO, we offer to:-

  • LUYODEFO will be solely responsible for the implementation, and oversee projects under this partnership.
  • Provide a communication hub – managing all communications regarding the partnership including arranging video calls between matched schools/ children.
  • A full profile of your linked school, with photographs, and case studies.
  • Feedback from your linked school including termly letters as part of the letter exchange, so you can see the impact your support is making.
  • Inclusion in our PR including social media, keeping you updated with developments in our work.

HOW PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS BENEFIT:

The benefits of the School Partnership include the following opportunities:

  • Learn about each other’s lives, and experience ‘a true empowerment’ to help them express their own culture and absorb knowledge of their peers across the world, while also gaining valuable experience communicating and exchanging their opinions, skills, and potential.
  • Share information through letter-writing, arts, photos, video-taping, and other student-generated ideas. By writing about themselves, pen-pals in partner schools learn to better express who they are and what their aspirations are in life.
  • Students have the opportunity to establish and run pen-pals program, connecting child-to-child directly.
  • Promote exposure to alternative learning/teaching methods, aids, etc. by visiting and interacting with their peers at partner schools.
  • Support Ugandan match school through regular fundraising (donating $350 each term, $1050 a year) and annual joint projects including donation of books to stimulate sustainable growth and secure the future of children in partner schools.
  • Receive fundraising certificates and reports (narrative and photos/videos) with details showing how funds have been spent.
LUYODEFO OVCs with school supplies

OVCs with school supplies (books, pens, pencils) during a distribution action.

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