At Backup Uganda, we focus on giving students the attention and instruction that best suit their learning needs. In Uganda, it is not yet a priority to meet the needs of students with learning challenges. With class sizes upwards of 120 children, struggling students are overlooked and pushed along in their education. We empower their teachers and parents to identify such students and work with them in order to prevent dropping out of school or getting lost in the system.
Being able to attend school in Uganda is an achievement alone; families put in all their efforts to ensure their children are in school. However, that does not mean all children are actually learning. Due to a lack of awareness of learning challenges, students are mislabeled as dull, lazy, or slow. Lessons are teacher-driven and instruction is not differentiated for the various types of learners. This causes children to repeat classes multiple times, be pushed to the next grade, or drop out.
We offer a holistic structure that includes everyone involved in a child's education. We train their teachers & parents in understanding, identifying and supporting children with learning difficulties in the classroom and at home. We ensure that the children receive the help and tools they need to push through such challenges. With $16000, we can set up an independent, sustainable support system at 4 schools (impacting 120 teachers, 2000 learners & parents) within 1 year.
This project is set up to become a standard structure within all schools in Uganda. At the moment, the Ugandan education system does not have regulated support for children with learning difficulties. While many nonprofits invest huge amounts of money in schools in Uganda, they neglect to focus on the quality of instruction in the classrooms. Once our movement is adapted in schools nation-wide, learners of all varieties will experience the successes deserved and reach their fullest potential.