EF ondersteunt met geld en management de URDT meiden school in west Uganda. Dit is een unieke school. Ten eerste omdat de school slimme meiden uit arme families selecteert, die anders niet naar school zouden kunnen. Ten tweede omdat de meiden, naast het standaard pakket, ook onderwijs krijgen gericht op het verbeteren van hun thuis situatie. Lees meer...
The URDTGS started in 2000 with only 60 girls, because of limited resources and no infrastructure. This number has gone up to 260 girls in 2010 in respectively the upper primary (P5, P6, P7) and secondary level (S1-S6). It constructed sufficient classrooms, a multi purpose hall and dormitories to host 270 students.
Since we started, the school has been able to implement the National Education Curriculum and participate in national exams organised by the Ministry of Sports. The girls' academic results are good, especially when taken into account their disadvantaged backgrounds.
Factually, the URDTGS is one of the top schools in the district. Actually, there is not other school where all students pass for the national primary and O-level secondary exams. The school also endeavoured to demystify science subjects and technology, traditionally a domain for men, by linking science and technology to home improvements, income generating activities and vocational training. However our challenge is at A-level (S6) as not all girls are doing well in science subjects.
Student, home and community development successes
The school has developed a rural development oriented co-curricular programme that supports the girls to act as change agents in their own families and communities. So far we reached over 1200 home members, 6000 community members and students and over 2 million listeners on the community radio. Recently we adopted a primary and secondary school to scale up our impact and develop strategies to transfer the 2-generation approach to community schools.
Research in 2004 and 2006 and 2009 showed that the co-curricular activities generated improvements in the students' self-confidence, analytical skills and relational competencies and other important life skills such as: visionary leadership, preventive health care, sustainable agriculture, family cooperation, practise farming as a business at home and usage of appropriate technologies like latrines and drying racks.
Through debate clubs, popular theatre (plays), workshops, relevant literature, visual aids and radio programmes we have develop the students' and parents/guardians' understanding of the interrelatedness between wealth, sustainable agriculture and all aspects of health; including prevention and living with HIV/AIDS. Over 70% have home visions and income generating projects going on.
The URDTGS won several international and national awards because of its unique approach to women empowerment and girl child education. In 2002 we won the Agathe Uwilingiyimana award , from the Foundation of African Women Educationalists (FAWE). In 2006, the school was given a national award for its innovative work in Girl Child Education by the Government's Civil Society Programme, funded by the European Commission. In 2007/8/9 we also got awards from UNICEF for the children's radio programme.
We don't know of any other school in East Africa that offers such a programme. We receive at least 10 organisations annually who want to learn from our approaches and practices. As a result, the school has developed partnerships at local, national and regional levels.
Besides developing a hardworking and competent team, the URDTGS also improved its infrastructure. Step by step with concerted efforts of many, we have been able to construct classrooms for the primary and secondary section, science class rooms, dormitories and a multipurpose hall where students eat, revise their academic work, have workshops, perform plays for their parents and the communities, listen to world news, organise debate, indoor games and study in the library. The above shows that the school is working towards its sustainability which manifests itself through quality education, committed and competent staff, effective management systems, cost-conscious financial management and value based decision making. In partnership with Triodos Foundation we are working towards an endowment fund which can provide the recurrent costs of the project on the long run.