This project aims to set up an early childhood development lab school where we will be able to study and test our ideas, research and models on improving the learning outcomes of children (3-6 years old). We will implement these models at the ECD centers in rural public schools which we will set up across Uganda in effort to counteract the high school drop-out rate of children and inaccessibility of quality preschool education in rural communities.
In Uganda, the government is not currently investing in any pre-primary education program or ECD center, which is impacting negatively on the retention and academic performance of children in the rural Uganda where 8 out of every 10 children below age 10 have difficulty in comprehension of what they read. Retention of children through grade 7 is at 30% mainly in the rural communities in Uganda.
This project aims to set up an early childhood development lab school where we will be able to study and test our ideas, research and models on improving the learning outcomes of children (3-6 years old). With this project, we will then be able to establish ECD centers at rural public schools to provide high quality pre-primary education and wholistic early childhood development to every child in these vital years.
Each ECD center is projected to serve at least 100 pre-school children. The Library will serve the entire school population mostly between 800 - 2,000 and the entire community. The impact is however far reaching especially as these children start to join grade school. We anticipate that it will reduce the grade 1 - grade 2 dropout rate by 90%, significantly lift children out of learning poverty and improve overall completion rates and learning outcomes.
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