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EDUCATION

UPHOLD’s Education component aims to improve student learning through school-based quality reform, rooted in active partnerships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators to create effective learning environments. All of these key actors participate in the change process to engender joint ownership and joint responsibility for quality education. To improve children’s learning, the Education component works in integrated areas of:

  • Education Management Strengthening
  • Teacher Effectiveness & Children’s Learning
  • Community Involvement in Education
  • School Health and Nutrition
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To improve the management of education in districts and schools, UPHOLD supports performance improvement and management capacity building for education managers at multiple levels through an Education Management Strengthening Initiative (EMSI). EMSI builds the capacity of education officers, school inspectors, Coordinating Centre Tutors, and especially, Head Teachers and Deputies in participatory planning for school quality; professional development planning; administration and management; and curriculum leadership, though a combination of centre-based workshops to develop skills, professional networks, and action plans for implementation at schools and by continuous support-supervision visits, peer mentoring, and cluster-based Peer Group Meetings.

UPHOLD’s Teacher Effectiveness component empowers teachers in the use of participatory teaching approaches such as Cooperative Learning that gives teachers practical ways to manage large classrooms and develops pupils’ abilities and confidence as learners. Teachers also learn activity-based methods to teaching.

To build bridges between schools and communities, UPHOLD has trained Community Development Officers and Education Officers in target districts in effective team-building for community participation. School Management Committees and Parent Teacher Associations will be engaged to involve parents in improving the quality of learning. Emphasis areas will include implementation of School Development Plans, effective communication and partnerships with parents, school sanitation and hygiene, school lunches and girls’ retention and protection.

Together with the Health and HIV and AIDS components, the Education component works to address the most common health and nutrition constraints that hinder effective learning. Key among these problems are malaria, intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and hygiene and sanitation. UPHOLD supports joint microplanning at the district level to ensure school-based delivery of deworming services during bi-annual Child Days.

School health and nutrition activities also promote the formation of healthful behaviors, including those that protect children from HIV and AIDS. UPHOLD's support to the Presidential Initiative on AIDS Strategy Communication to Youth (PIASCY) includes teacher orientation, life skills and peer-to-peer tools for clubs, and parent-child dialogue.

UPHOLD’s education component also supports key activities through grants to local government grants, including monitoring and support supervision of teachers, and grants to NGOs and Core Primary Teachers Colleges.

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