Positive Deviance


The positive deviance (PD) approach to solving social problems is premised on the observation that in every community, there exist ordinary people or institutions who have figured out better, sometimes extraordinary, solutions to prevailing problems in their community – without access to outside resources.

The Challenge

Many children in Uganda are exiting the national education system without the skills they need to succeed in life. Less than half of Primary 3 through Primary 7 pupils in Uganda's government schools have reached the expected reading and mathematics competency for Primary 2.

49%

49%

Percentage of P3 through P7 pupils that have not reached P2 competency in reading and mathematics

1.13 billion

1.13 billion

The anticipated funding gap by 2030

The learning crisis is amplified by the fact that Uganda's government-aided primary schools are conspicuously under-funded. The Ugandan National Planning Authority estimates that due to increasing pupil enrollment, there will be a minimum $1.13 billion funding gap for primary education by 2030.

However, there are some schools where despite the lack of resources available, pupils are achieving at high academic levels. In a national context where many children are not learning and additional resources are not available, how do some schools ensure that pupils are gaining the academic skills they need to succeed?