Did you know that only 9% of children aged 3 to 5 in Uganda receive an early childhood education?
That’s because the majority of children live in rural communities and are unable to access
early childhood education due to financial constraint or their remote locations. Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus. Education has a powerful and transformative impact on entire communities by reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging economic development, and promoting peace.
IREAD partners with rural communities and local NGOs like Rotary International to make education accessible. The IREAD Field Team identifies villages that need an Early Childhood Development Centre, are willing to donate land and are able to elect a Centre Management Committee (CMC). Here’s what our partnership process looks like:
IREAD field teams and the Rotary Club of Kampala Day Break identify villages that need an ECD Centre for which they are willing to donate land.
IREAD and the Rotary Club of Kampala Day Break sign a written Memorandum of Understanding that specifies the amount of unskilled labour and local materials that the community will provide for the construction. This ensures that there is a buy-in and ownership component from the community and costs are well contained.
IREAD provides the services of an architect, engineer, stonemason carpenter, plumber and other skilled labour in addition to all construction materials.
Each Centre is completely furnished and equipped for activity-based learning by children of varying ages. The main classroom has the adaptability to be partitioned for age-appropriate instruction.
A full time Professional Project Manager trained in the area of ECD monitors and evaluates the centres for teaching standards. Teacher training and upgrading skills programs are run regularly in the Resource Centres.
Training of local management committees in financial management and budgeting is carried out in each centre so that the centre becomes self-sustaining.
Training sessions on how to produce learning material using local materials are conducted.
Without the strong support of people like you who understand the importance of ECD, this work wouldn’t be possible. Thank you for helping to bring positive and lasting change to communities by building a better and stronger tomorrow for Uganda!