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.
Parents misunderstand state policies and their role in paying school fees
Parents unsure how to support their child's studies (low adult literacy)
Lack of coordination between parents to demand better services from school
Parents underestimate the returns on education
Our Theory of Change
How it works
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
Identify & Implement Solutions
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)
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.
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The district leaders praised Elevate for contributing to this improvement inperformance, noting that increased community engagement in schools contributed to the improvement in these results.
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 will help her reach her dream of becoming a doctor.