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Strengthening the capacity of the teaching workforce in primary and secondary schools for conflict sensitive education in three districts (Arua, Moyo and Yumbe) of Northern Uganda

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

To promote access to quality, safe and relevant education for children and young people within the three refugee host districts of Northern Uganda through the provision of conflict sensitive education that fosters inclusivity, social cohesion, resilience, respect and safe learning environments for all learners irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.

The focus of the project is on:

Strengthening policies and practices in the education sector and build the capacity of education officers and teachers to implement conflict sensitive education programs which address the needs of children, help them overcome trauma and improve their well-being.

The two-year long project will eventually support the establishment of Psychological Support Programs for learners that have been affected by conflicts to create a supportive learning environment and promote learners’ psychological well-being.

Overview of the activities:

  • 1.1 Establishment of a multi-sectoral national steering and technical team to coordinate implementation of project activities in the three districts of Arua, Moyo and Yumbe in Northern Uganda
  • 1.2 Capacity building of MoES personnel and district local government education staff on conflict analysis.
  • 1.3 Conducting a systematic conflict analysis to help understand conflict causes, actors and dynamics that can be translated into actions to support conflict resolution and prevention, during and after conflict.
  • 1.4 Organisation of advocacy events, briefs and meetings for the inclusion of conflict analysis into education sector policies, systems and plans.
  • 2.1 Development of guidelines and tools developed on conflict analysis for education and training materials for educators on how to implement conflict sensitive education programs and support supervision tools.
  • 2.2 Capacity building of MoE personnel and district education staff to engage in conflict sensitive education planning and delivery.
  • 2.3 MoE personnel and district education staff support schools to mainstream conflict sensitive education using the newly customised CSE materials, tools and guidance through the mentorship and support supervision visits.
  • 3.1 Capacity building of 3,137 teachers and educators from selected primary and secondary schools in refugee settlements in Arua, Moyo and Yumbe districts in Northern Uganda on conflict sensitive education.
  • 3.2 The project will focus on supporting the establishment of Psychosocial Support (PSS) programs for learners that have been affected by conflicts in order to create a supportive learning environment and to promote learners' psychosocial well-being. The programs will commence with the capacity building of teachers and development of learner activities to promote learners' psychosocial well-being.
  • 3.3 The project will utilise an Inter-Agency Guide to the Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming in Humanitarian Crises that has been developed by UNICEF and other partners to develop tools to monitor and evaluate PSS activities at the output and outcome levels. At the outcome level, the project will measure the differences that have occurred in individuals as a result of the project activities.

Main results:

  • 1. Education sector policies and systems for conflict-affected contexts strengthened to promote conflict-sensitive education in Uganda as informed by the conflict analysis.
  • 2. Increased capacity of government personnel at the national and district level to advocate, and deliver quality, relevant, conflict-sensitive education in Uganda which addresses the needs of children and helps to improve their well-being to overcome the related traumas.
  • 3. Enhanced accessibility to conflict-sensitive education and improved well being for learners affected by the conflicts in Uganda.

Timeline: 

2018 - 2020

1% Complete

 

 

   

THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

 

 

Strengthening the capacity of the teaching workforce in primary and secondary schools for conflict sensitive education in three districts (Arua, Moyo and Yumbe) of Northern Uganda, contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 4 Quality education, by making schools safe and increasing resilience of learning institutions and communities;

Donor Partner:

This project is funded by the European Union Civil protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO).

 

Additional Resources:

Press Release. 

For more information:

Project Coordinator UNESCO Uganda: v.kisaakye(at)unesco.org

Associate Project Officer UNESCO Liaison Office Brussels: l.sebastiani(at)unesco.org