– Theme: Deepening family and community engagement
– Format: Panel
– Primary language: English
Our school has created a programme that meaningfully engages families and the community to ensure children, especially girls, attend school and learn. This is especially important in a post-COVID-19 world where we will need to find and bring back children, especially girls, who have been out of school for over 5 months, many of whom will have been forced into the labour market, early marriage or teenage pregnancy, and/or exposed to gender based violence.
Wakadogo is a grassroots charity, registered in Uganda, Canada and the UK. It is a pre-primary and primary school in the village of Acoyo in northern Uganda. Wakadogo School is fully registered with Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda with registration number PPS/W/51. The school serves and educates 450 girls and boys from the local community. It provides high quality, accessible education, a nutritious meals programme and free basic healthcare for Wakadogo School students, its school staff and the local community members.
We deepen family and community engagement by using a strong Parents Teachers Association (PTA), local leaders and state workers in our community to build a strong school – community network. As a result, we are made aware when a child is unable to attend school and the reasons why. We are therefore able to personally engage with this child and their family/caregivers to help remove the barriers to attending school and support the child to return to school. Our strong and engaged PTA has meant that parents and caregivers are fully engaged in the operations and policies of the school, they make decisions on a range of issues relating to the school and even contribute financially to make improvements to the school.
– Kindergarten and Primary
– Charity and NGO
– Low-resource setting
– Low-income background
– Special needs inclusive
– Acholi and English Language
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