EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Activities under this programme are aimed at increasing equitable access to quality education to orphans and other vulnerable children through educational scholarship at pre-primary level, primary, secondary, and technical schools colleges. Home visits and schools visits are also conducted to provide career guidance and counseling services to children who are psychologically traumatized by the death of their parents to HIV/AIDS and other threats that hinder them from better performance and living happily.

 

Child Aid Uganda with financial support from The Chello Foundation is supporting a total number of 456 orphans and other vulnerable children. For Orphans supported in secondary receive full package and all of them are in boarding section. Primary Children are supported with scholastic materials, school uniform, and to some extent shoes to the very needy children. Girls constitute over 60% of the total students sponsored. When you educate a girl in Uganda, everything changes. She will be given a chance of avoiding the risks that may arise for example she is less likely to get HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, early marriage among others. The role of education in eradicating poverty cannot be overstated. An education is perhaps a child's strongest barrier to poverty. It lowers birth rates, increases economic productivity and equips children with the skills necessary to participate in the workplace and they become independent.

a) Pre-Primary level (Kindergarten/nursery)

Child Aid Uganda has it in plan to establish a one model community based ECD center (satellite). This will be located in Lyantonde district and will comprise of 200 seats capacity community hall, a clinic, modern ECOSAN toilets and an ECD room with various play materials and a resting room. A total of 500 children are envisaged to benefit from the ECD center. Of these, 300 children will be attending ECD education while a sizeable number of children will be transited from the ECD centers to primary and vocational education. While at the center, the children will receive nutritive supplements, medical care and psychosocial support. 100 grand parents and the caregivers will also be trained and supported to make play materials for the children from the locally available materials.

The project will help OVC's to access early childhood learning and stimulation thereby improving their physical, emotional and cognitive development, which prepares them for nursery school and primary levels. The children being in the centers will give the caregivers ample time to engage in other productive activities at home. In this light, after the three year period, CHAU intends to replicate and scale up the ECD model in districts of operation by establishing ECD centers and reach out to at least 1500 children.

b) Primary level. (P1-P7)

Child Aid Uganda currently supports 190 pupils in primary schools with scholastic materials which include; school uniforms, exercise books, pens, pencils, mathematical sets, calculators and to some extent shoes to the very needy children. This is an effort by CHAU to complement government program of free UPE to all children including the OVC. Strategies to empower families of OVC in order to be able to meet their education needs will be enhanced in the future for sustainability

c) Secondary level (S1-S6)

Under secondary CHAU, supports 145 OVC's with boarding school fees and scholastic materials. About 60% of these children are girls. This complements the government programme for universal secondary education (USE) by providing needy orphans who come from distance places with hostel fees, feeding and other student's scholastic requirements. This positively impacts on the literacy levels of the OVC who otherwise would not have made it if they were out of school. Home visits, school visits and end of term students meetings are conducted to provide career guidance and counseling to the supported children.

d) Technical schools and colleges

Child Aid Uganda supports 35 youth affected by the HIV / AIDS Epidemic in formal technical institutions and colleges. These are supported in nursery teaching, nursing and others supported in vocational skills undertaking courses in building and construction, carpentry and joinery, motor vehicle mechanics and electrical engineering. Attempts to increase the income-generating prowess for children and youth in other areas such as tailoring, screen printing, hair dressing, computer training, card-making and bakery are also underway. This will result into a number of youth getting employment and will also significantly reduce the HIV/AIDS risky behaviors through enhancing self-reliance. With the increasing number of youth in clubs, CHAU will commit more resources to training out of school youth in vocational skills and provide essentials to help them start their income generating projects.

Some of our beneficiaries at Misanve Nursery Teacher's College

e) Tertiary level (Higher institutions of learning)

Under this section, CHAU supports 4 Orphans with intellectual ability to attain professional skills in higher institutions of learning for diploma and degree courses. It is envisaged that once these children complete their courses and are in gainful employment they will be able to support other AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in dire need by contributing back to Child Aid Uganda.