Where we work
Link was established in Uganda in 2000 and pioneered in Masindi district in mid-Western Uganda. Since then Link has worked in 7 Uganda Districts: Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo and Hoima in Mid Western Uganda, Katakwi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda, Kamwenge and Kyenjojo in the Rwenzori Region. Currently our work is focused on Katakwi District. Link works in partnership with the District Local Governments and Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS) / Directorate of Education Standards (DES) in supporting key government policies of Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Decentralisation. In the districts, we work with District Education Officials, School Management Committees (SMC), Headteachers, teachers and communities to improve quality of education for the benefit of children.
Link’s activities in Uganda include the following:
- School Performance Review (SPR),
- Capacity building of District Officials,
- School Management Committee training,
- Headteacher management training,
- training of lower primary teachers (Primary 1 -3) in Literacy and Numeracy,
- training in HIV/AIDS Action Planning, training on the Healthy Schools Programme, and
- training of community groups in modern agricultural skills and in school gardening.
Working in partnership with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) Uganda, two experienced Technical Advisers have also been placed in the Directorate of Education Standards/ Ministry of Education and Sports.
To improve the quality of education in conflict-affected Katakwi district, this project focuses on both educating parents about their rights and responsibilities and enabling parents’ access to schools to learn about current school performance and plans to improve it. It promotes effective and inclusive school planning, community engagement in education, use of school performance data to inform education planning. This project will improve the quality of education available to over 53,000 pupils in 75 schools in Katakwi.
To improve the quality of education, this project focuses on improving reading in the mother tongue in the early grades and enhancing the management and functionality of schools using Link’s innovative School Performance Review (SPR) process. Learner outcomes will be tested using the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA). This project also aims to raise awareness of the value of reading among wider school communities in Uganda, particularly supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sport’s (MoES) initiative to teach in the learner’s mother-tongue.