Advocacy & Action for Children

PROMOTING EDUCATION

Promoting Education is key to the future of our children and the development of Uganda as a whole. Joy for Children Uganda works with more than 100 schools in Western Uganda aiming at increasing primary school completion rates and improving the quality of education

In 1997, the Government of Uganda introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPR) program to provide free primary education. Enrolment increased from 3.1 million pupils in 1996 to 8.4 million in 2013. But this success is overshadowed by high dropout rates and poor-quality schooling. According to UNESCO (2012), 68% of children are likely to drop out before finishing the primary cycle, due to several challenges: gender inequalities, less motivated teachers, child marriages, lack of awareness among parents, and poverty as parents still have to pay for school requirements.

Joy for Children Uganda closely works with the government, parents, both primary and secondary schools in the effort to improve the quality of education:
• Supporting schools to become “good schools” which means having good teachers, a good learning environment, and a responsive and progressive administration
• Advocacy for marginalized girls
• Developing a school information management system so that school drop outs can be monitored
• Foster counseling and guidance programs
• Advocate for positive disciplining methods instead of corporal punishments in schools
• Organize school debates on different topics
• Sensitizing parents and teachers on the importance of education through school out reaches, radio talk shows and community dialogues
• Engaging government officials and ministries

It has been proven that collaborating directly with schools and involving nearby communities is the right approach to change attitudes. Enrolment rates in schools the project is working with have been increased. The relationship between teachers and pupils has significantly improved. Both children and parents are aware of the benefits of education. And schools try to support marginalized girls by providing sanitary pads, scholastic materials, and separate washrooms.

JOY FOR CHILDREN-UGANDA

Advocacy & Action for Children
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