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

We are organizing a consortium of international and Ugandan partners 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 management data for education sector policy, systems, and governance.

The twofold, national-scale approach by SHRP is designed to improve reading ability for at least 3.5 million children by directly supporting reading in 1,300 schools and communities and HIV/AIDS education in 800. During national scale-up, we are aiming to reach reading interventions in 18,000 schools. This is a five-year project funded by the US Agency for International Development.

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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.

Description

MobiLiteracy Uganda is part of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge sponsored by US Agency for International Development. The project is using inexpensive, accessible mobile phones and information and communication technology (augmented short message service) to deliver daily age-appropriate literacy activities and related parent education to rural Ugandan parents and their first-grade children.

We are the research, assessment, and implementation partner while Urban Planet Media and Entertainment—a global provider of mobile education—is the lead implementer. The implementation partner is the Kasissi Project, which supports struggling rural schools in and around Kibale National Park, Uganda. During the two-year pilot period, the project aims to reach more than 180 parents and children.