URDT Mission and working premises
URDT'S mission is to enable the people of Uganda to recognise and embody common vision, values and work together to create for themselves Peace, Prosperity, Freedom, Health and Happiness as they discover that they are KEY to their own development.
URDT development efforts are based on the following working premises:
- The people of Uganda, like all the people in the world are KEY to their own development
- People with common vision can transcend traditional barriers and prejudice caused by tribal, religious, political and gender differences and work together to achieve that which is truly important to them all.
- People have innate power and wisdom which they can tap to transform the quality of their life and that of their communities
- Lasting change comes only as people shift from reacting or adapting to circumstances to being the creators of their desired circumstances
- Training, education and information sharing are integral components of development as gained knowledge and skills allow people to meet exigencies of rural life.
Holistic approach to development
URDT emphasizes the inter-relationship and interdependency between economic, social, cultural and political development processes through promoting systems thinking, value based choices, visionary planning and action. This includes peace initiatives, mediation in conflict situations, training in sustainable livelihoods, preventive health care and education, especially for girls and young women.
2-Generation approach to Education en Rural Transformation
URDT has developed unique approach that links education to rural transformation.
It demonstrates that disadvantaged homes can develop provided both generations (students and parents) get functional adult literacy training, have shared vision for their home and relevant skills, knowledge and attitudes.
The URDT girls school and two community school apply the 2-generation approach on daily basis. The schools enhance the students' academic success as well as their competencies in leadership, commercial farming, health care, enterpreneurship, empathy and relationship development, amongst others. The students transfer their newly gained skills through parents' workshops, back-home projects; popular theatre and radio programmes to their homes and communities.
The 2-generation approach limits the knowledge gap between parents and children, bolsters gender equality, health, prosperity, peace, freedom and happiness in the students' homes. For more information: go to URDTGS.