KAMPALA – Elevate: Partners for Education, a non profit organization dedicated to improving quality of primary education in Uganda, will on Thursday, February 20, launch her learning Scorecard Program report that tackles learning challenges for primary school pupils.
The report “It Takes a Village to Teach a Child”, seeks to addresses issues affecting learners in primary schools by establishing a simple, accessible platform for parents to engage
with their child’s school, and local education communities—including parents, teachers, local leaders, and pupils—to partake in productive dialogue.
“The Scorecard Program facilitates local consensus, encourages collective action, and empowers communities to develop local solutions for local challenges,” said Katherine Pavelich, Executive Director Elevate: Partners for Education.
Elavate has since 2016, implemented and evaluated It Takes a Village to Teach a Child(Village TEACH), a participatory scorecard program designed to increase parental and community involvement in school governance, and improve collaboration amongst local education stakeholders.
Building from previous Elevate research led by Dr. Sarah Kabay, the director of Education at Innovations for Poverty Action, the report indicates that Village TEACH significantly improves student learning and attendance.
The research also explores the underlying mechanisms driving program impact and whether a program such as this might be appropriate at scale in Uganda.
During the dissemination workshop on Thursday, the Principal Investigator Dr. Sarah Kabay, Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, program participants, and members from civil society organizations, are expected to discuss the findings.
According to Ms Pavelich, it is hoped that the discussion will facilitate a participatory approach regarding shared goals of utilizing research and evidence to improve the quality of education for children across Uganda.
It is also hoped that stakeholders will be empowered to actively work to better engage parents in transforming the learning environment in Uganda so as to create a world in which every child can reach his or her full potential through high quality education.