Community Engagement


Our community engagement program works to strengthen and support existing school structures to identify the root cause of low parental engagement to help school communities develop locally-tailored solutions to engage parents, which leads to increased student presence, in turn driving improved learning outcomes.

The Problem

In government primary schools, 51% of Ugandan parents don’t know the name of their child’s teacher. Our research shows this chronic lack of parental involvement in school ultimately contributes to low student attendance and learning outcomes.

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Parents misunderstand state policies and their role in paying school fees

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Parents unsure how to support their child's studies (low adult literacy)

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Lack of coordination between parents to demand better services from school

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Parents underestimate the returns on education

Our Theory of Change

How it works

01

Identify Problem

Program Kick Off

  • Elevate introduces community engagement program at 60+ people community meeting

  • Elevate provides School Management Committee (SMC) training to identify local school problems in order to create their scorecard

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Identify & Implement Solutions

Terms 1 and 2

  • SMC tests out locally-tailored solutions to improve scorecard results and collects data on results

  • SMC marks scorecard results and shares results with community and District Education Officer (DEO)

03

Ensure Sustainability

Term 3

  • Elevate facilitates program through local government to ensure sustainability and scalability

  • Elevate facilitator trains elected community representative to run the engagement again next year

Case Study: Bukasakya Gov. Primary School, Buikwe

P7 students in Bukasakya PS were unable to study for their Primary Leaving Exams due to lack of power to light their homework at night. An elected sub-group of the School Management Committee mobilized parents in the community to design a scorecard and engage their school leaders to reprioritize the budget and buy a solar panel light for the P7 classroom.

As a result parents are more confident in their ability to problem-solve school challenges, have remained more involved in the school and, most importantly, more P7 students received Grade 1 (highest) marks in their exams as they were able to study longer.

The SMC sub-group continues to meet regularly, and Elevate is providing ongoing training to the local government Scorecard Facilitator to further transition ownership and responsibility to the District.

Community Engagement Program Updates

Parental and Community Engagement

Parental and Community Engagement

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I come to grind the grain, not break the grinding stone.

I come to grind the grain, not break the grinding stone.

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October 3, 2019
Building School Capability

Building School Capability

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September 19, 2019
Strength in Partnerships

Strength in Partnerships

The district leaders praised Elevate for contributing to this improvement inperformance, noting that increased community engagement in schools contributed to the…

April 12, 2019
Elevate’s Scorecard Program Empowers Pupils to Realize their Dreams

Elevate’s Scorecard Program Empowers Pupils to Realize their Dreams

Through her role on the ScoreCard, Mercy has developed leadership skills, and built confidence. She now easily interacts with other pupils, and believes this growth…

April 8, 2019
Scorecard Program Provides a Platform for Parents to be School Leaders

Scorecard Program Provides a Platform for Parents to be School Leaders

Irene believes that education is the path to making a difference in your community.

April 8, 2019