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The quality of education remains a major challenge in Uganda, with inadequate services and high levels of half-baked primary graduate rates.
Despite the tremendous gains made in the primary education since 1997- when the universal primary education was introduced, more than 40 percent of Uganda’s primary school children are unable to read or write.
According to the recent UWEZO sixth learning assessment report, there are slight differences in learning outcomes between children from high and low socio-economic status households. Statistically, only 38% of children from poorer households can read and understand an English story as a margin of 4% makes a difference with their counterparts in the wealthier households who happen to be at 42% performance rate in reading and understanding English.
It is on record that children in Uganda continue to acquire basic skills of literacy and numeracy rather late. It is only from primary and above, that majority of pupils are fully successful at primary two level reading and arithmetic tasks. This partly contribute to their wanting performance at final classes.
In the regard of lighting a candle as opposed to cursing the darkness, different individuals, groups of people and organizations have tried to show the way towards purging the swelling vice in the critical sector of education in the land of the pearl.
40Days Over 40 smiles approach
For a matter of fact, Uganda’s education and learning outcomes in general have sporadically registered alarming records. As opinion leaders give their literally intellectual side of rather howling reviews and previews, as well as politicians digging deep into the “improving” and “dilapidating” education sector respective of their political affiliations and interests, the statistics on record figuratively presents education as a squandered sector that impose a serious risk of Uganda having half-baked human resource in the near.
Esther Kalenzi; a founder of 40days Over 40 smiles, having understood that she bared a responsibility in making the change she desired, looked at education in a different perspective of change as she couldn’t sit back to wait for a miracle to happen. Her passion for a better educated generation drove her to champion a generation initiative of change through the Anganza Education project to address the issue of basic education in the less privileged homesteads. National consistence of low learning outcomes is a matter of practical solutions approach as opposed to mere discussions and debates about it. The Anganza approach to matter give more than hope that the script is not lost yet.
Watch Esther Kalenzi talking about the Anganza Model and why this approach
40-Days Over 40-Smiles commonly known as 40-40, a Kampala based independent, youth led organization, has taken a Centre stage in answering what appears to be critical questions in the learning environment. The question of having children going to school and actually learning is manifested from having institutions and structures posturing as schools with little or no effective facilitation to have children learn. 40-40’s committed agenda to helping vulnerable children and communities to access quality, and all-round education gives hope that Uganda can one day have an advantageously competitive and grounded levels in education.
Anganza’s education project leader, Esther Kalenzi, initiated the Anganza education Project which works to ensure quality education service delivery through an evidence-based early grade reading program in kibuli, a suburb of Kampala. The project, addresses the education challenges in Uganda by minimizing the out-of-pocket costs of schooling, especially for the most needy children and families, while at the same time increasing the quality of teaching and learning in the schools. The program focuses on responsibility of reducing school fees at the local level while increasing access, equity and quality of education.
“Our intervention is specifically at the primary school level and our interest is to give children the foundation support so that if they do not go to secondary schools they still have a particular skill and knowledge,” said Esther Kalenzi.
Having a model of operation that enables the less privileged to advantageously compete with their privileged counterparts can be the way to go. The program relies on the ability to create appropriate story content, source for books, creative materials, and mobilize volunteers to provide additional tutorial support to teachers in struggling support which has partly been the reason for the below par learning outcomes. As the Swahili word Anganza literally means, ‘to shine’; the stars are yet to overtake the nightfall only to see the unpredictable swimming with the anticipated in the world’s pool of prospects.
Listen to Esther Kalenzi describing the Angaza Education project and its framework-Courtsey of 40 Days Over 40Smiles.
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Below is a video showing the description of Angaza Education project and its framework-Courtsey of 40 Days Over 40Smiles.