Step Up

Only one in every 10 children in Uganda are in pre-primary education (UNICEF). Less than half of primary school finishers in Uganda are literate. At p4 only 6% of pupils can read a paragraph, and only 2% are able to solve a basic age-appropriate mathematical question (World Bank, 2019).  Part of the reason for poor attainment in primary schools is a lack of pre-primary education.  In the Amuru District nursery schools are all privately owned and are not regulated.  This means the quality of education is poor, and only the richest families can access nursery care. Without nursery education children join primary school without a literary foundation and are not used to socialising with others.

What is Step Up?


Establishing low-cost nursery schools at 5 government primary schools in Amuru District of Northern Uganda. We will work with schools with spare rooms to establish nursery schools, train volunteer teachers, provide books and learning resources and establish village savings schemes with parents to ensure they can pay low nursery fees to keep their children in school.  These fees ensure sustainability. We expect to see better literacy data in lower primary schools as we will begin teaching phonics in our nursery schools.


Who will benefit from Step Up?

750 Children will benefit from high quality low-cost nursery education and age-appropriate resources.

450 children will benefit once the schools are enrolled with an additional 150 joining in Y2 & 150 in Y3 of the project.  Once schools are established thousands more children will benefit in years to come.

15 local community teachers will receive ongoing training and support from certified nursery trainers and long-term AR partners Read For Life.

90 parents will initially join the village savings groups, receiving access to shared credit, savings support and entrepreneurial training.