What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
Build Africa has been implementing school building activities in Uganda since 2004. Although this has had an incredible impact on the schools involved, it was noted that there was an incredible need for the improvements to be made to the quality of the education provided in order to complement this work. As such, this project was conceived to complement our school building programme.
Information was therefore gathered in order to fully understand the impact which poor teaching, running and maintenance can have on schools. This included the development of a district wide Education Management Information System from which the level of the problem was immediately apparent. For example in the Masindi District, 90% of the schools experience teacher absenteeism, half have problems with poor leadership and 64% suffer from poor record keeping.
From this, the project, and it’s main objectives, listed above, were developed.
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How did you first hear about Changemakers?
Via the internet and the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya.