Education and Conservation in Northern Uganda
Requested byRao Community Development Initiative (RACODI)
Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?
RACODI is trying to help vulnerable children affected by the war in Northern Uganda. These children are from poor families while others are orphans, children with disabilities, formerly abducted children and youth, children born in captivity and children living with HIV.
The introduction of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Policy has contributed to increased enrolment in schools particularly of the girl child. There has been a steady rise in enrolment from 3.1 million in 1996 to 7.2 million in 2006. The gender enrolment gap in primary schools narrowed with girl enrolment at 49% in 2004.
However, not all children of school going age are in school. Deterring factors include: long distance to schools whereby some children have to travel more than 5 km. to attend school. At school many children go without midday meals. There are inadequate facilities in schools (e.g., shortage of desks, classrooms, teachers’ houses, latrines, text books, recreation facilities, safe water and sanitation facilities among others). Children with special needs, e.g. disability, lack disability friendly facilities at school which keep many out of school. There is preferential treatment for boys as opposed to girls because of traditional and cultural settings which have contributed to higher drop out rates by girls. Girl friendly facilities are inadequate. This keeps them away from school during their menstrual periods.
What is your project and how will it help?
The project is aimed at promoting education by creating a conducive learning environment for the children. It will be achieved through: sensitisation of the community to the importance of education especially of the girl child, and also on the promotion of tree planting; provide scholastic materials to 200 vulnerable children in selected schools; and the promotion of child protection and strengthening referral pathways for child rights violations reporting.
The project will be achieved through:
mobilization and sensitization of the stakeholders; provision of school supplies to 200 children, including sanitary pads, scholastic materials, assorted seedlings (of pine, oranges, gravelia, umbrella trees and mangoes); dialogues/debates aimed at promoting public speaking skills in the children which will help girls to be more assertive and able to report cases that violate their rights and affect their livelihoods; review Meetings will be held 4 times during the project period and it is intended to monitor the progress of the project, measure the progress to the objectives set, receive reports from the community and other stakeholders, present the project findings, discover the gaps and come up with beneficiary friendly approaches. This activity will attract the beneficiary representatives, school authorities, Sub County representatives and other organisations working in the area of education in the targeted sub county; strengthening referral systems which will support the already established Child Protection Committees in the targeted sub county. The project will provide stationery, referral cards and contact information relevant to the child protection committees. In extreme cases, the implementing partners will refer the affected children to the right channels and facilitate the process. Monitoring and evaluation will be community driven, community based and community focused. It will be a participatory approach and done on regular basis with the final monitoring and evaluation conducted by external evaluations by consultants whose findings will be shared with all the stakeholders.
The project will help by increasing awareness about the importance of education, improving the learning environment for the children aimed at enhancing enrolment and retention. The children from impoverished families will have basic scholastic materials and be able to attend school.
How can other people partner with you on your project?
Other people can partner with us in the implementation as funding partners. The contributions may be in cash or in kind. We also encourage other people to include our project in their advocacy plan and a consortium idea is very welcome.
Please detail the resources that you need.
The project requires a total of $12,738 for effective implementation. The summary of the budget are:
1. Mobilisation, sensitisation and group formation $113
2. School supplies $5,187
3. Debate trainings $733
4. Inter/intra school debate tournament $152
5. Monitoring and evaluation $1,243
6. Strengthening referral systems $652
7. Administration cost $1,335
8. Personnel cost $2,565
Please find the detailed project budget attached as documents.