Launched in 2012 Uganda School Health and Reading Program (SHRP) is a five-year initiative supported by USAID and implemented by RTI International in collaboration with other partners. The program seeks to support the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sport (MOES) to improve reading outcomes in primary grades and strengthen HIV/AIDS interventions in schools. By working with the MOES, SHRP aims to develop sustainable programs in the areas of literacy and health.
By recognizing that early grade literacy serves as the basis for a child’s success and retention in school, SHRP seeks to develop mother tongue reading in grades 1-3 with transition to English language after grade 3. To accomplish this objective, SHRP produces custom programs and resources for both mother tongue literacy in early grades and transition to English in grade 3. SHRP works collaboratively with MOES, providing strategic planning support to strengthen policies and implement curricular frameworks for mother tongue reading. In the first phase of the program the project focuses on four major languages: Ateso, Leblango, Luganda, and Runyankore-Rukiga.
SHRP works at both the national and district level to create sustainable systems for HIV/AIDS prevention through the education sector. SHRP builds upon Uganda’s nationwide, school-based HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum and aims to strengthen implementation by working with MOES, district officers, and teachers.
Teacher training and pupil assessment serve as key elements of both the literacy and health components of the program. For assessment purposes, SHRP utilizes tablet devices to collect vast amounts of data.
To implement the project, RTI leads a consortium, which includes World Education, SIL LEAD Inc., Center for Social Research Uganda, and VSO. In addition, RTI collaborates with resource organizations that include: Sesame Workshop, Mango Tree, Text to Change, Urban Planet, UWEZO Uganda, International Book Bank, Books for Africa, and Visions in Action.
SHRP aspires to reach national scale, resulting in improved reading ability for at least 3.5 million children, and the direct support of HIV/AIDS education in 800 schools and communities. As SHRP scales, the reading interventions are expected to reach a total of 18,000 schools.
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CEI approaches in actionPolicy & AnalysisLinking research and evidence with policy or implementationStudent supportSchool supportComprehensive curriculumEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue language
Model details2012Not-for-profitLiteracyComprehensive curriculumEnglish languageLocal language/Mother tongue languageLong-term projectScholarshipsUwezoMango TreeSesame WorkshopBooks for AfricaCenter for Social Research Uganda
The project relied on partners to gather baseline data in reading ability for 1-3 graders in the four mother tongue languages of Ateso, Leblango, Luganda, and Runyankore-Rukiga, as well as English. The results of the analysis will help the MOE to establish baseline reading ability and subsequently to measure the impact of mother tongue education after subsequent annual data collections.
The program aims to provide improved reading to 3.5 million students nationally, HIV /AIDS education to 800 schools and reading in 1,300, contribute to the USAID education goal to improve the reading skills of 100 million students in primary grades by 2015, and to the U.S. goal of preventing 12 million new HIV infections worldwide.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
During the data collection period, each RTI partner completed a maximum of 10 paper assessments, while the remainder were done through electronic collection on tablets purchased for the research. Partners were able to upload the results the same day for RTI to monitor. The results are regularly monitored and used to adapt strategy by a team headed by the monitoring and evaluation director.Standardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceNo
Only a baseline study has been completed to date.