The School Improvement Programme (SIP) consists of two sub-programmes designed to increase the quality of pre-primary and primary education in Uganda.
First, the "Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA)" project aims to improve learning outcomes for boys and girls in pre-primary and primary school and strengthen teacher education and support systems.
The five-year project is co-funded by the Government of Canada and Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and is co-implemented in the Yumbe, Koboko and Arua districts of West Nile, Uganda, by AKF and the Aga Khan University Institute of Educational Development, Eastern Africa. Over 165,000 primary students and 4,000 pre-primary students from 150 primary schools and 50 preschools are expected to benefit.
SESEA includes three components designed to strengthen the performance of the education systems in the three target districts and beyond:
- Strengthening education support systems and institutions by building accountable leadership, management and technical capacity within the education systems;
- Sharing evidence-based knowledge and learnings, allowing policymakers and civil society organisations to make better-informed decisions about education reforms and interventions to improve educational outcomes; and
- Developing skilled and competent teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels through accredited professional development programmes.
Second, AKF is demonstrating the transformative potential of information and communication technologies to strengthen teaching and learning in primary education through the "Transforming Student Learning and Teacher Professional Development through ICT in Kenya and Uganda" programme. AKF is working in collaboration with the Ugandan government and innovative local companies to use ICT to improve professional development opportunities available to teachers and education officials, student learning materials and resources, and systems for monitoring changes in teaching practices and learning outcomes.