P6 Pupils’ Project
Universal Primary Education (UPE) was introduced in Uganda in 1997 with the express aim of improving “access, equity and quality” in primary school education. UPE brought with it a huge influx of pupils to primary schools, which resulted in very high pupil to teacher ratios together with an inadequate number of trained teachers and a severe lack of teaching aids, equipment and educational resources. Subsequently, the quality of learning in UPE schools has been reported to be poor as evidenced through the poor exam results achieved by pupils and high drop-out rates.
Solution and Aims
To enable schools to counteract the negative aspects of UPE with the provision of innovative teaching methods, educational resources and teaching aids relevant to the primary school curriculum whilst also focusing classes on life skills such as sustainable agricultural practice, malaria awareness and sexual reproductive health.
The project aims to increase knowledge and retention of life skills and curriculum based subjects for Primary class 6 (P6) students, thereby increasing self-esteem, motivation, confidence, performance and participation of students, in particular empowerment of female students. The outcome of these improving factors should be to promote interest in education and to encourage pupils to continue with education. In addition to the positive aspects passed on to the pupils, the project aims to build the capacity and skills of teachers from partnering schools
Our project will meet the needs brought about by the introduction of UPE by bringing all P6 pupils from partner schools to the AEC for 2 separate day-long visits. Sessions are carried out in the following departments:
Through the creativity of art, this department focuses on engaging students in the importance of a balanced diet by identifying food groups and allowing students to draw ‘an eat well plate’.
Few Ugandan Primary Schools have the resources available to them to encourage creativity in their students so this department is a firm favourite among the visiting pupils!
The average Ugandan family has 7 children. Family planning plays a crucial role in the development of Uganda.
By using an interactive game, the students are able to understand the challenges brought about by having a large family – education, health care and general well being.
We equip the students with the facts to enable them to make informed decisions.
Technology is now an integral part of our society yet few Ugandan schools have access to any form of it. Our ICT lab gives visiting pupils the opportunity to actually use a computer and begin to understand the crucial role it plays in daily life.
“You cannot open a book without learning something” Confucius
The vast majority of Ugandan Primary Schools do not enjoy even the basic text books let alone a library filled with colourful stories and imagination evoking tales. Our library sessions aim to instill a culture of reading among the pupils – encouraging them to get excited about the possibilities books offer.
The rural population of Uganda stands at 83.5% and the vast majority of this population rely on subsistence farming.
Our Agriculture lessons recognise the importance of this sector and how a few small changes can have a significant impact on crop yields and productivity. Our focus is on maintaining, and indeed improving, soil fertility through making organic composts from household waste.
Whilst Uganda has been incredibly successful at ensuring girls have the same access to education as boys, girls still face numerous challenges.
Our Science lessons focus on personal hygiene and the menstrual cycle – demonstrating to both boys and girls how to make a sanitary pad from locally available materials.
Everything at the AEC from attendance to enjoyment is closely monitored to ensure we are achieving the goals we set out to accomplish. Our hope is that eventually the centre will have a direct influence on the pupils’ lives in terms of the choices they make in life.
Classes are restricted to a maximum of 15 pupils, allowing ample teacher – student interaction, designed to boost self-esteem and enable pupils to experience a practical and hands on approach to learning.
Linked with the Primary School Pupils Project is the P6 Parents’ Club, which is part of our Community Development Programme – for more details on this project, click here.
Unfortunately, due to the language skills required for working with primary school pupils on this specific project, we are unable to offer specific teaching as a volunteer opportunity. However, you are more than welcome to assist with reading in the Library Sessions and assisting in the ICT lab – helping pupils to find their way around the computers. For other volunteer opportunities, click here.