Jumpstart - Nursery Education Project (Uganda)
Over 3 years, we will support 10 nurseries in Northern Uganda to become thriving learning environments which enhance early childhood development and fully prepare young children for primary school.
January 2015 - January 2018
In 2014, we identified the lack of good quality nursery education as a key barrier to children excelling academically later on in their school life. In Uganda 86% of children have no formal education before the age of seven. With no government provision of nursery education, many children start school playing catch up, without the ability to hold a pen or build the healthy relationships that will see them thrive in the classroom. For them, school can be a struggle.
We will work with 10 nurseries attended by 7,000 children over 3 years. Our holistic approach combines these key elements:
- Caregiver (nursery teacher) training (e.g. workshops and training days)
- Improved learning environments (e.g. ECD specific furniture, effective learning resources, local language materials etc.)
- Improved support for caregivers (e.g. contact with ECD professionals)
- Engaging parents (e.g. community engagement meetings)
To prepare children fully for school so that they have the best headstart for their future education
Activities» We will support the training of care givers at all 10 nurseries
» We will improve the learning environments of all 10 nurseries
» We will engage parents in school life and encourage them to invest in, and prioritise the early development of their children
All data collected is compared to district and national averages to ensure our support is making a difference.
Children entering primary school will know what to expect and will be fully prepared to make the most of their education. They will perform better in primary school than if they had not attended nursery school, and will be less likely to drop out of school, and more likely to excel and find good opportunities upon graduation.
Parents might be unconvinced of the value of sending their children to nursery school. We will counter this by holding community sensitisation meetings before the project begins, to garner community buy-in from the start.
We will produce reports including photos and feedback from students, teachers and parents. We will also regularly update our website and social media with the project's progress.
Budget - Project Cost: £23,974Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £19,880 Furniture ECD specific furniture for all 10 nurseries £2,054 Play materials and seedlings Provision of engaging stimulating play materials, and tree seedlings to grow trees at the nurseries £2,040 Language materials Provision of materials in the native language; Acholi
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Alexis Trust £100 Guaranteed Oakdale Trust £500 Guaranteed
We work in the Acholi sub-region in the north of Uganda with our head office in Gulu and field offices in Anaka, Abim, Agago and Amuru. Northern Uganda was the centre of a brutal, two-decade insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group led by the infamous Joseph Kony. The region saw people uprooted from their homes and tens of thousands kidnapped, mutilated or killed. Men, women and children fell victim to the most atrocious abuse.
7,000 children across all 10 nurseries. Teachers, parents and the wider community.
Our staff are based in the rural communities they serve. This proximity to our partners allows us to be more efficient with donor’s money and more
accountable to the communities we serve – we work with the community at every stage of our projects.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Colleen Yuen is our CEO and has vast experience in development and architecture, making her the perfect lead for this project