BENEFITING: MARJORIE F HUGHES FUND FOR CHILDREN INC
Through the Education programming, Power Children secures quality basic education for all children.
Sub-themes: Early Childhood Care and Development and Basic Education
The programme covers basic quality education (both formal and informal), early childhood care and development (ECCD) and Education in Emergencies. Our programme aims at creating opportunity for deprived young children to attend quality inclusive early childhood care and development and transition successfully into basic education. The Education in Emergencies intervention creates access to education for children affected by emergencies and living in refugee camps.
We do this through training of teachers, community mobilization, coaching and mentoring of teachers/instructors, research and documentation, advocacy and working in partnerships.
The Education Programme is hinged on five pillars:
Access – All school-age going children have access to education. Sustained access to meaningful learning is critical to long term productivity
Quality – We consider Quality a fundamental condition for learning and participation. We encourage schools to create effective systems intended to improve children’s learning outcomes.
Participation – We guide teachers to change their pedagogical processes in the classroom in order to accommodate participatory & active learning by creating learning environments where participation & contribution by all learners is sought.
Equity – Through our Non- Formal Education programmes we emphasize the need for equal opportunities to access education for all children
Relevance – We support teachers to recognize children’s individual strengths and learning needs. This enables learners to apply new knowledge and skills in real situations.
Health and Nutrition
We ensure sustained access to life-saving maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services.
Sub-themes: Maternal, newborn and reproductive health; Child health; Infant, young child and maternal nutrition; Adolescent sexual and reproductive health; Clinical services (humanitarian); WASH and HIV and AIDS.
Over the last two decades, Uganda has balanced strong demographic expansion with economic dynamism and significant social progress. Of a population now numbering some 37 million, less than a fifth live in poverty (down from more than half in the early 1990s). Mortality rates for under-fives have been cut, the incidence of malaria has dropped, access to HIV treatment has increased. Even so, Uganda remains one of the world’s poorest countries, ranked a modest 163rd for human development.
Occupying 241,000 km square at the heart of Africa, Uganda is richly endowed with natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, mineral deposits and recently discovered oil. Agriculture employs more than three-quarters of the workforce; nine out of 10 women are thought to depend on it.
While food is generally available, access to it is inadequate in many places. The north-eastern region of Karamoja suffers from chronic food insecurity and vulnerability to hunger, as well as poor access to services. A combination of chronic underdevelopment and recurrent drought means households there cannot meet basic nutritional requirements.