The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) empowers marginalized people in rural areas of Uganda by focusing on the “missing link” in development programs. URDT uses a people-centered approach by combining rural development projects with consciousness raising, training, education and information sharing to facilitate integrated, self-directed, and sustainable development in surrounding communities.
URDT addresses various domains including education for more than 300 students each year. Children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25 years old receive financial support and materials and participate in extracurricular activities such as the school farm. URDT operates the following institutions: URDT Girls' School (URDTGS), a girls' primary and secondary school, Institute for Vocational Studies and Youth Leadership Development, and African Rural University, an all-female university.
The five URDT schools aim to reduce barriers to education and trains impoverished girls (70%) and boys to become experts in sustainable development through co-curricular programs. These programs use inquiry based methods, visioning techniques, sports, educative drama, training in life skills, entrepreneurship, commercial agricultural, and radio broadcasting to equip students with change agent competencies. Students practice their skills at home to improve overall family income, health, and literacy through gained shared knowledge. One specific aim of this program is to keep girls in school for a longer period of time as parents can see the return on investment.
Up scaling conducted by this program include the following:
- homes with students of this program act as training models in communities
- African Rural University (ARU) gives students sponsorship to become rural transformation specialists
- a 2-G approach in community schools is managed through an extension program with graduates of ARU
These education establishments complement each other and cooperate to develop a cohort of young leaders with entrepreneurial skills and drive. After completing the complete URDT educational cycle, students go on to be employed by URDT, other development institutions, or government agencies.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryChains or Networks of schools/centersFinancingStudent supportSchool supportComprehensive curriculum21st century skills (soft skills)Other
Model details1987Not-for-profitHealth/NutritionEntrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skillsComprehensive curriculum21st century skills (soft skills)OtherEducation for Socioeconomic Transformation; community cooperation and peace; rural communication; heritage and cultural diversity; partnerships and networking; organizational learningActiveLong-term projectOther2,10030%70%
Scale58URDT trains 42 teachers each year72 primary, 2 secondary O level, 1 secondary A level, 1 vocational institute, 1 radio station that covers 10 districts with 2 million listenersJuly, 2013
URDT hopes to scale up now that its African Rural University has produced its first research graduates in September 2011 who have established 17 community-driven development centers in Kibaale, Kakumero, and Kagadi districts. In the next 5 years, URDT aims to enable the people of the entire Bunyoro Region to build their capacity and develop practical knowledge of creating space for change through consciousness raising, education, trainings, information sharing, mentoring and peer networks in both methodological and program areas. URDT plans to expand its education and social justice programs to the entire Bunyoro region and continue to focus on youth employability, women empowerment and systematic change in the education and rural development sectors.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The monitoring and evaluation system, under the school’s co-curricular program, is coordinated by the School Community Development Officer.
The M&E system consists of the following components:
- Data to be collected at student, home, community and OG/OB level
- Procedure for data collection
- Procedures for data processing and analysis
- Procedures for data storage
- Data reporting