Edukans in Uganda
Edukans' Mission in Uganda
Edukans’mission in Uganda seeks to strengthen existing programmes to achieve positive learning outcomes for students and so provide skills relevant to their employability in the country, so that they can build their own futures and those of generations to come.
In Uganda, Edukans is locally registered as Edukans Education Services (as an NGO and Ltd under Guarantee).
Prequalification of Goods and Service Providers
Edukans is an international non-governmental organization specialized in education and training for underprivileged young people. Established in 2002 as Dutch NGO, we focus on 6+ developing countries, with the Uganda office formally registered in 2019. In Uganda it is registered as Edukans Education services and it is now running a prequalification exercise for service providers as listed in the enclosed pdf.
Quality basic education
Vocational skills training
Edukans’ Goal in Uganda
Our aim is to strenghten the capacity of education and skills providers (public and private) to deliver dynamic, relevant, inclusive and safe quality education for Ugandan children, and training in other essential skills required by young people so as to achieve positive learning outcomes and productive employment.
- Address the issue of Pupil retention and learning continuity: only 3 out of 10 pupils who enter P1 are reaching the final grade.
- Uganda’s primary school survival rate is the second lowest among its neighbouring countries in the Sub-Sahara African Region.
- Address the issue of Teacher competence.
- Effect of Covid on learning loss: the risk of increased attrition rate due to teachers and pupils missing school and leaving education and lack of relevant skills to meaningfully support learners to cope with the shock and stresses from COVID 19.
- Mismatch of skills for the labour market and lack of transferable skills.
*Source: ESSP 2020/2021-2025/2026
Edukans has been working in Uganda through our partners since 1994 supporting and improving the quality of education and skills development programmes with a focus on underprivileged children and unemployed young people.
Improving teaching standards
We have worked together to improve teaching standards in primary education in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and several Primary Teacher Colleges (PTC’s) in the country, and have implemented the successful Active Teaching and Learning Programme (MOSIQUE 2009-2014)
Students at Kiralamba Primary school in Nakasongola district showing their Correct Books, part of Edukans’ Teaching with Impact project, launched in 2021/2022
Areas of influence addressed are:
- Strengthening participatory school assessment: the development and monitoring of school improvement plans through EDU Q-card.
- Teacher professionalisation via 4 CPTCs as hubs. Combined package of the coalition partners; including peer-to-peer learning programmes, long- and short-term.
- Support TVETs/companies to make a system change so as to set up quality competency-based on-the-job learning
- Support TVETs in linking with companies and setting up a network of placements to improve the employability of young people.
- Improve the quality of education at TVETS by including Work Based Learning to strengthen the programme with, for example gamification, and life skills.
- Early Primary Literacy Programme (EPLP) implemented by partner Mango Tree from 2009 – 2011.
- Support for vulnerable children and young people to access quality basic education and, in addition, alternative learning for equitable socio economic development in Lango sub- region by our partner Collaborative Efforts to Address Social Problems (CEASOP) from 2009 – 2011.
- Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP) implemented by our partner CEREDO from 2009 – 2011.
- Mosique project 2012 – 2015 Monitoring and sharing methods for improving the quality of education.
- Agri Skills 4 You implemented together with ICCO to provide educational skills, the improvement of agricultural knowledge and skills, and the development of entrepreneurial skills.
- Civic Engagement Alliance implemented together with ICCO, Kerk in Actie, Wilde Ganzen, Co-Prisma, CNV, focusing on farmers’ engagement with other CSO’s providing training in their area, and other providers to enhance networking and strengthen their advocacy and efforts towards better marketing.
- Equipping schools in quality control, measurement and assessment using the EDU Q-card, an online tool to assess the quality of education and monitor quality developments and EDUstars.
- Skilling Youth for Employment (SKY) programme (2016-2020)
BOPLYN prison project with Advance Afrika as the lead (Jan 2020- Feb 2023) is focusing on promoting the economic empowerment and participation of young prison inmates and ex-inmates in Amuru, Gulu and Kitgum districts
Improving Industrial training for increased food and nutrition security for Refugees and Host communities in West-Nile targeting 3 TVETs, the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) and 600 refugees.
Teaching with Impact
The EDU Active Learning Project (Teaching with Impact) contains a learning resource (Correctbook) that helps learners to practice basic skills (e.g. in writing, maths, art) and carry out application and problem solving tasks individually and together, now being implemented in 101 schools in Luwero, Nakaseke, and Nakasongola.
Edukans’ Uganda Team
Pamela Kertho, country
director Edukans Uganda