Basic Education in Urban Poverty Areas (BEUPA)

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Basic Education in Urban Poverty Areas (BEUPA)

Uganda
Project Summary
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Provision of Non-Formal basic Education to disadvantaged children and youth in the poor urban areas. Learners attend a flexible training program for literacy, numeracy with integrated production and life skills.

About You
Location
Project Street Address
Project City
Project Province/State

Kampala

Project Postal/Zip Code
Project Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on:

Uganda

Website URL
What stage is your project in?

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What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

<$50

Innovation
Describe your idea in fewer than 50 words.

Provision of Non-Formal basic Education to disadvantaged children and youth in the poor urban areas. Learners attend a flexible training program for literacy, numeracy with integrated production and life skills.

What makes your idea unique?

The project provides for the urban poor giving them a second chance to actively participate in their communities. It also enables those who can rejoin the formal system to do so whenever chance allows.

What is your area of work? (Please check as many as apply.)

What impact have you had?

72 learning centres established;176 para-professional community selected volunteer instructors trained; teaching on-going in 70 of 97 parishes of Kampala; 5,884 learners, 25 % of whom returned to formal school and 20% in employment using pre-vocational skills attained to date.

Describe the primary problem(s) that your project is addressing.

Illiteracy, unemployment, inadequate life skills, poverty, street life and drug abuse, child rights

Describe the steps that your organization is taking to make your project successful.

Designed a basic education curriculum for 3 years in a thematic approach using local language for instruction, 15 modules for pre-vocational skills training; Mobilised communities and trained instructors

Impact
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Success in Year 1:

Support to the integrated production skills training to get learners to attain production skills at a higher level.

Success in Year 2:

Establish learners’ production units organized in cooperatives to be able to access credit finance to widen enterprises and encourage savings.

Success in Year 3:

widening of the enterprises as the production units are used as saving centres for the support of new and up-coming enterprises.

Do you have a business plan or strategic plan? (yes/no)

Yes there is a consolidated three year business plan

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 1:

Capacity building of instructors

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 2:

Provision of startup capital for the co-operative production units

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization? STEP 3:

Technical assistance for program management

Describe the expected results of these actions.

Enhanced capacity, increased capital and improved project management

What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

A number of exploited children out of school during school hours in communities in and around urban Kampala

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Cranmer Kalinda then the Chairperson of the Education Committee of Kampala City Council

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

From a colleague working with Private Education Development Network in 2007

Sustainability
What would prevent your project from being a success?

Limited instructor training, inadequate start up capital for the graduates, low community involvement

Financing source

yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Kampala City Council-Directorate of Education and Sports

How long has this organization been operating? (i.e. less than a year; 1-5 years; more than 5 years)

more than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Advisory Education Committee

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs? (yes/no)

yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses? (yes/no)

yes

The Story
Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government? (yes/no)

yes

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

NGO partnerships for learners to discover own potential & saving. Business for apprenticeships with community artisans; government for policy and technical support

How many people will your project serve annually?

• 1001-10,000

What is the total number of employees and total number of volunteers at your organization?

( 3 employees and 84 volunteer instructors

What is your organization's business classification?

Government

Have you received funding from any of the following groups? (Please check as many as apply.)

European Union (Any EU Government) .