Student and Teacher Leadership Training in Uganda

by ConnecTeach, Inc Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Summary

Our project provides leadership training for 1,300 teachers and 30,000 secondary students from 72 schools in the Iganga district of Uganda. It includes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, simultaneously building on academic skills- skills needed to effectively address real community issues. Our approach sets adolescents on a direct path to career success, while exposing and resolving the social issues that remain barriers to progress: social injustice, conflict, and gender inequity.

$119,000
total goal
$98,226
remaining
173
donors
4
monthly donors
10
months

Challenge

The Iganga district, with a median age of 16 and a population of half a million, leads Uganda in childhood pregnancy, domestic violence, and teacher and student absenteeism. The prevalence of HIV/AIDs is double the national average, and the female literacy rate is only 53.3%. While the women and children in Iganga remain the most vulnerable to abuse and poverty, they also hold the greatest potential to transform these statistics through a meaningful, supportive, and empowering education system.

Solution

This project develops leadership skills in teachers and students to address community issues by providing: online and on-site workshops for teachers and students to build a positive learning community driven by common goals, standards, and practices that includes conflict resolution, English language skills, gender advocacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving; a comprehensive training manual for English language literacy; and ongoing distance mentoring and progress monitoring.

Long-Term Impact

The 72 schools engaged in this project will empower 1,500 teachers and 33,000 secondary students to make the transition from hesitant, early learners to confident, engaged citizens. These emerging leaders will use their problem-solving and critical thinking skills to identify and address problems in their communities, challenge attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate cycles of violence, poverty, and discrimination, and build positive lasting relationships with the community to sustain change.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​www.connecteach.org
A ConnecTeach Volunteer Shares Her Experience
Press Release on the Walugogo Pilot Project 2016
Africa Learning Barometer (Brookings Institution)

Organization Information

ConnecTeach, Inc

Location: Irving, TX - USA
Website: https:/​/​www.connecteach.org
Project Leader:
Bhavani Parpia
Irving, TX United States

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