Building blocks for the Future

African Revival is going from strength to strength. While continuing to support our current programmes, we have a number of exciting new programmes being implemented and more in the pipeline:

Girls and Sanitation 

We’ve found that menstruation is one of the main factors preventing girls from attending school regularly. We want to boost academic attainment and retention amongst primary school girls in Zambia and Uganda by making schools comfortable places for girls to be.

We do this by facilitating workshops for pupils, teachers and the wider community which provide knowledge about sanitation and good hygiene management. In these workshops we also challenge taboos so that menstruation comes to be seen as a normal, natural process. Along with the educational aspect of the programme we construct boreholes, latrines and hand washing facilities in schools that don’t already have them and provide girls with reusable pads, soap, jerry cans and access to spare uniforms. The programme is taking place over 5 years in 23 schools in Uganda and 15 schools Zambia. The intervention will also provides an opportunity for data collection – presently there is a lack of data supporting long term female interventions of this kind.

The reusable pads have been sourced locally in both Uganda and Zambia. In Uganda the reusable pads, called ‘Easy Pads’, are produced by women who would otherwise be unemployed. They are robust (made with a sewing machine with inter-locker) and easily hand-washable.  Read more about each year of this project on our Completed Project section of the website.

Phonics Expansion

Literacy rates across Uganda at primary level are low, and in Northern Uganda they’re even lower than the poor national average. At the start of 2017 we embarked upon a two year-long phonics teacher training programme in 25 schools in the Amuru and Nwoya districts of Northern Uganda. Phonics is a teaching method by which sounds are correlated with letters, it will give students a stronger literary foundation which improves academic attainment in all subjects.

The phonics programme has seen literacy rates increase by over 10%, and due to it’s success, we have now committed to a Phonics Expansion programme commencing 2019.  The expansion will take place in a further 20 schools.

Teacher Training 

We are continually supporting teachers in the schools where we work by providing them with training and materials to help them in their work and day-to-day lives. We incorporate teacher training into many of our programmes, and are delighted to have completed in March 2018 a new model Early Childhood Development Centre at Kitgum Core Primary Teacher Training College in Northern Uganda.  Due to this new facility, Kyambogo University, the supervisory body of all Colleges in Northern Uganda (under the Ministry of Education), will be taking over mandate of training and certifying all ECD caregivers at KCPTC with a higher level of certification – Diploma award – the first of its kind in Northern Uganda.

Infrastructure 

In Zambia our main focus is on infrastructure. We work in the poorest region of the country, mainly in community schools. Community schools are built by the local community where government schools are too far away to access or oversubscribed. Lack of resources means that community schools are often poorly constructed (out of mud and wood) and not big enough to accommodate all the students that go to them.

We build 3 room classroom blocks so that multiple lessons don’t have to happen in the same rooms simultaneously. Included in the construction of classroom blocks is a lockable staff office, where teachers can store confidential material (i.e.: exam papers). Where required we furnish classrooms with desks, chairs and boards.

Construction is also a large part of our work in Uganda.  We’ve built latrines in the Koboko region at 5 schools to support the massive influx of South Sudanese and Congolese refugees.  Completed the building of classroom blocks at 3 schools where the children are being taught under trees, and the next phase will be the provision of boreholes.

Schools Demonstration Farms

In Uganda and Zambia we run a school demonstration farm programmes to address low quality primary education, food insecurity and poor agricultural productivity.

Many students find it difficult to concentrate in class because they are hungry, and often parents find it difficult to grow enough food. We work with school communities to establish parent-led farms and give agricultural, marketing and financial training. Profits from produce are split between the school, a group development fund and group members, and eventually the project becomes self-sufficient so our help is no longer needed.

In Zambia we’ve collaborated with parents and teachers at Munyene school and put up game wire fencing to prevent grazing herds from entering the garden and damaging crops.

With more funding we would like to implement School Development Farms at other schools as the programme benefits the community and strengthens the partnership between parents and the school.

Livelihoods 

Our teams are always on the look out for new ways to improve people’s livelihoods.  In early 2019 we started implementing a beekeeping project at 5 schools in the Nwoya district of Northern Uganda to train community members as beekeepers so they can generate income for school fees (and potentially start a sustainable business) from selling honey.

If you’d like to support any of our projects or speak to us about what we do please get in touch at info@africanrevival.org