International Education Projects: Uganda

Uganda School Health and Reading Program (Uganda SHRP) Project (2012-2017)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Background

The Ugandan government, in its Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), recognizes that improving education is no longer a question of increasing access to school, but also improving the quality of education. USAID in its Country Development Cooperation Strategy for Uganda identifies improved health as a key component in realizing the Government of Uganda's vision to accelerate its transition to a modern and prosperous country. Education is a key factor in the demand for health services and that early grade literacy is the basis for girls' and boys' success and retention in school.

Description

The purpose of the Uganda School Health and Reading Program (Uganda SHRP) project is to improve early grade reading and transition to English for primary students in Uganda, to improve health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts, and to improve the availability and use of high-quality EMIS data for education sector decision-making.

RTI has organized a consortium of international and Ugandan partners to develop and deliver high-quality technical assistance and material inputs designed to strengthen the education system's ability to serve as a vehicle for both academic excellence and positive health-seeking behaviors. RTI is the primary partner in this consortium, which includes World Education, SIL LEAD Inc., Center for Social Research Uganda, and VSO. Our resource organizations include Sesame Workshop, Mango Tree, Text to Change, Urban Planet, UWEZO Uganda, International Book Bank, Books for Africa, and Visions in Action.

In the area of early grade reading and literacy, Uganda SHRP will support the Ministry of Education and Sports to strengthen policies, strategic planning, curricular/pedagogical/language frameworks, teacher training and assessment of early grade reading. The goal of improving HIV/AIDS and health education will take a national system-strengthening and district-level leadership approach to create sustainable systems for HIV/AIDS Prevention through the education sector, and to deepen the impact of HIV/AID and health education in target districts.

SHRP is designed to reach national scale, resulting in improved reading ability for at least 3.5 million children. SHRP will directly support HIV/AIDS education in 800 schools and communities and reading in 1,300. During scale-up, reading interventions will reach a total of 18,000 schools.

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All Children Reading Grand Challenge – Parental SMS Outreach (MobiLiteracy Uganda Project) (2012-2014)

Client/Agency

United States Agency for International Development

Background

This project is part of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge sponsored by USAID, which has designated “improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades by 2015” as one of three goals for its next education sector strategy. The MobiLiteracy Uganda Project (MLIT) will use inexpensive, accessible mobile phones and augmented SMS (2-way text and audio) to deliver daily age-appropriate literacy activities and related parent education to rural Ugandan parents and their first-grade children. RTI serves as the research, assessment, and implementation partner while Urban Planet Media and Entertainment (UPM)— a global provider of mobile education—is the lead implementer. The implementation partner is the Kasissi Project, which is based in Kibale, Uganda and supports struggling rural schools in and around Kibale National Park, Uganda. During the two-year pilot period the goal is to reach over 180 parents and children.