Education

Education Projects

SHINE SCHOOL

There are few services available in Uganda, and the little existing services can only be found in the major cities like Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

In Uganda, early childhood development centres (ECD) such as pre-schools and day care are not state sponsored, and almost non-existent in rural areas. The rural children often miss this chance of early education in their life that gets them fully prepared for government schooling.

With the HIV/AIDS crisis and other deterrents like war having claimed millions of lives and left over 2 million orphans, who have no immediate person to turn to due to large family size and high burden resulting from very limited resources (living in poverty).

A free school to OVCs, while providing an affordable, quality education to the other children would initiate a profound change to the impoverished, ultimately catalyzing lasting benefit for generations to come.

LUYODEFO’s shine preparatory school currently provides services to 179 pupils, most of whom are orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) from very poor families but we estimate that true number of children who have been orphaned is much higher. While the school provides access to low-cost quality education, it also doubles as an educational support hub for for after school/ weekend academic tutoring for the children, a study centre for functional adult literacy (FAL) for women in impoverished areas, and is creating new opportunities for employment and literacy promotion.

CHILD SPONSORSHIP

There are over 2.4 million orphaned children in Uganda, the majority of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDs (Uganda Poverty Status Report, 2010). This rise in the proportion of child-headed households, with children assuming the role of carers for their siblings, and child labourers has meant a rise in illiteracy. According to UNICEF, 1 out of 4 Ugandan children live in extreme poverty, many of cannot afford to go to school.

For many children living in poverty, a family’s inability to afford school requirements often stands in the way of them receiving an education. Unfortunately in most families, the girls’ education is often deprioritized as boys are sent first and girls assume more domestic responsibilities as they get older.

While Uganda has a universal education policy, making schooling free for all children, the cost of education is still extremely high and few households can afford to send their children to schools. As we all know that for parents with monthly incomes of averagely $ 60, saving money for their children’s education is not an option. It is even worse for the orphans under the guardianship!.

Without education, the lives of children are constrained by a recurring cycle of poverty and unemployment with few, if any, opportunities to break this cycle. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) are in urgent need of support particularly with tuition fees, uniform including shoes, school supplies (books, pens, pencils, school bags, etc) and school meals, which their parents and or caretakers cannot afford

Through this project, we connect Ugandan orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) with international sponsors to particularly support their education, as a way to help them get out of poverty.

Our Approach

To contribute to the National Development Goals and SDGs, LUYODEFO is focusing on the following school development interventions:

  • We have initiated, run and operate a private, low cost school that will educate and support the disadvantaged children; orphans, children affected by chronic infections such as HIV, children living in households headed by young and elderly people, and the children of the community living in abject poverty.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Our Approach

HOW THE SPONSORSHIP WORKS:

It’s about compassion and passion to help those in need. It’s about giving to the poor and the less fortunate. It’s about giving without any expected tangible return, but instead promoting equality and universal access to basic services where it would otherwise not be. At LUYODEFO, we are committed to :-

    • Usually we find and connect children to interested sponsors! However, if the sponsor wishes to select a child she/he wants to support, we provide the profile of all children in need of sponsorship.
    • It costs $ 40 per term (3 months) for Nursery (pre-school) and Primary school level (this is just $ 120 annually — translating into $ 10 monthly), and $ 85 per term (3 months) for Secondary school level (this is just $ 255 annually — translating into $ 21.3 monthly).
    • The sponsored children (and or child’s caretakers) do not receive the money as cash – giving cash directly is not desired as it would be used in meeting other family needs other than children education. LUYODEFO directly uses the money to buy uniform and school supplies, pay fees, school meals, and holiday packages for the selected child and administration.
    • A full profile of your linked school, with photographs, and case studies.
    • We provide sponsors with a thank-you letter from our staff and a full profile of child assigned to you, which includes name, basic information of his/her family, the school and his or her picture. Thereafter, we send you our periodic updates (3 per year) that will include a child’s photo with a progress report from the school and a letter from child’s teacher.
    • Our staff monitors the children both in their school and family situations through visitation at least on monthly basis (thrice a term), meets both teachers and parents to discus the students’ academic performance, etc.

To reduce children’s family dependence on aid, we are providing Aflateen social and financial education to these children, teaching them about savings, budgeting/ spending, child enterprise and social responsibility. We support income-generating activities in their families.

To promote compassion, older sponsored children are encouraged and expected to undertake work in their main vacation to self- fund basic school supplies and clothing needs. Some of this work can be done at the project base, but also a period of community service can be undertaken. For example, a student hoeing and planting (gardening) for a chronically ill-patient, or providing labour for building a toilet for a widow.

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.