Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda Chapter

"21 Years of Enhancing Girls' and Women's Education for Development" FAWE Uganda 1997-2018

Programmes at a glance


The following are a highlight of the major on-going or recently concluded programmes:

 1.0  Scholarships:

There are scholarships for secondary education and university education. All scholarships have a mentoring and HIV/AIDS awareness andmitigation component. The scholarship core schools have also benefited from training to orient teachers on Gender Responsive Pedagogy. The major funders of the FAWEU scholarship programThe major challenge is to secure new partners to support more needy girls and also to provide tertiary level education, especially for the former scholarship beneficiaries who do not get Government support though they meet the University entry requirements.

The former beneficiaries have organized themselves into an association which is registered with the registry of companies. They need further guidance to make the association more vibrant.

 2.0 Advocacy

FAWE believes in Advocacy at all levels. The activities at the local level have ranged from the household to involve parents and community members in highlighting the value of education; with emphasis on girls’ education, using school learning to solve community problems/enhance community life, advocating for improved Sexual Maturation management in schools and at home.  FAWEU has also contributed to the breaking of the silence around growing up, by availing to schools and communities information and facts; thus reducing teasing and the impact of myths, opening up dialogue between young people, their teachers and parents for effective support in the ‘Growing-up’ process – all of which should continue.

 3.0 Empowerment and capacity building programmes:

These include mentoring and training to both teachers and students in gender responsive teaching and learning methodologies. The students are trained in life skills and management of the growing up process.

 4.0     Policy formulation and implementation

FAWEU is a member of the Ministry of Education and Sports, Gender Task Force.The Executive Directorrepresents FAWEU on the Task Force in order to contribute to the gender specific processes of the Ministry of Education and Sports.  FAWEU from time to time makes analysis of the different education sector policies and strategies for gender responsiveness. The findings are shared with the relevant key stakeholders for action. The most recent education sector review is available in both soft and hard copy.

 5.0     The Research Programme

One of the reasons that led to the formation of FAWE was the need to identify and highlight the gender Gaps in the Education Sector. FAWEU has conducted a number of studies whose findings have contributed to policy advocacy and innovation of new interventions. The research reports are available in soft copy and some are available on the website.

 6.0     Science, Mathematics and Technical Education (SMT) for girls

Since the end of the Female Education in Mathematics and Science in Africa (FEMSA) Project in 2001, FAWEU has carried on activities in promotion of Science and Mathematics for girls- including providing basic books and science equipment, orienting teachers and supporting projects that are based on school learning and address community problems. Results indicate improving girls’ interest in the sciences, better marks and increased numbers of girls opting for science based fields of study.

 7.0     Sexual Maturation Management Project

FAWEU’s goal in undertaking this project was to improve the management of sexual maturation among primary and secondary school children so that absenteeism and dropout rates are reduced and performance is enhanced. The situation has improved, but a lot more is still required to achieve the desired goal.

 As a result of the intervention, there has been awareness created on sexual maturation issues especially menstruation management by girls. The schools have stocked some pads just for emergency when menstruation occurs to girls while at school.

 8.0     The Africa Women’s University for Science and Technology (AWUST)

The low participation of girls and women in science and technical education is a major concern; in order to follow – up the campaign for Girls’ participation in Mathematics, Science and Technical Education, FAWEU in partnership with The Adhola Cultural Institution (TACI) is advocating for a Women’s University for Science and Technology. The dream for developing a University was conceived by the FAWEU through the cultural leaders of Tororo area in 2002 during the Sarah Ntiro lecture events.  The efforts are still in place to pursue this dream. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between FAWEU and TACI and the process of registering AWUST is underway. The coordinating committee has been formed comprised of FAWEU members and from TACI. This committee is operating under the chairpersonship of Ambassador Bernadette Olowo.

 9.0 Center of Excellence (COE): The Gender Responsive School

The FAWE Regional Secretariat initiated the idea of the Centres of Excellence which has worked in a number of countries. FAWEU entered into a memorandum of Understanding, with the Ministry of Education and Sports to replicate the GRS-COE Model in Uganda.It aims at providing government and other stakeholders with practical options of what works in Girls’ education at secondary level by supporting one secondary school to turn into a Centre of Excellence. The Bukomero Secondary School, Kiboga district was selected to be the pilot school. The initiative combines all good practices in one school to demonstrate how the promotion of girls’ education can be done at national, district, school, community and household level. A number of interventions have been implemented in Bukomero SSS to turn the school into GRS.

 10.0 Pestalozzi

FAWEU entered into a partnership with the Pestalozzi International Village Trust for students to attain a scholarship to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma at a college in Sussex, United Kingdom. The selection process took place in December 2011.Three (3) students were selected (Timothy Ogolla, Habiba Malinga and Rachel Nanteza), they were offered the scholarship and are currently in the UK.                                                                                                                        

11.0Mobile Library Project

This is a one year pilot Project co-funded by Book Aid International (UK) and Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWEU). The main objective of the project is to complement Governments’ effort to improve the quality of primary education through accessible provision of relevant curriculum material and additional books. The project serves 8 primary schools located in Manafwa district on a rotational basis, targeting both teachers and pupils.  The truck for the Mobile Library was delivered to Manafwa district stocked with a total of 6,723 text books partly donated by Book Aid international (4,962 books) and 1,761 books locally procured by FAWEU in consultation with Ministry of education and Sports.

12.0 Quality Educators

The Quality Educators project phase two was a one year undertaking (2011) whose objective was to build the quality of education through quality teachers. The key actions in the project were aimed at building the capacity of primary school teachers through production of quality resource materials. The materials were successfully produced including life skills curriculum, competence profile, gender responsive pedagogy and mother tongue resource book. The process of integrating the materials into the Ministry of Education teacher department was accomplished and the official dissemination of the developed materials was launched by the Minister of State for Education.Phase three of this project is underway and will end in 2014

13.0 The Information Communication Technology (ICT) for improved learning Project

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for improved learning is a one year Project intervention with financial support from Connect for Change (C4C) through EDUKANS. The project is implemented as a pilot in 5 selected primary schools in Apac district. The project aims at enhancing learner centered teaching and learning methodologies and life skills more so for girls through improved access to and management of information and communication practices in the 5 primary schools. The project will provide computers and internet connection to the schools to facilitate teaching and learning trough access to online materials as well as communication among the project schools and others outside sources. 

14.0 Solar

This is a one year solar lighting project implemented by FAWEU in partnership with Oxfam Novib with financial support from Philips International in 9 selected secondary schools from 3 districts of Koboko, Yumbe and Adjumani. The main purpose of the project was to avail students with sufficient light at the schools and enable them to concentrate on their education and training for improved performance and achievement. Most schools in West Nile have no electricity at all and the schools provide limited or no means of lighting for the students.

15.0ASRH – TIDES Foundation

 With support from TIDES Foundation, FAWEU implements Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Program in 25 primary and 25 secondary schools in the districts of Kumi, Pallisa, Kapchorwa, Butaleja and Manafwa. The project completed the third phase of implementation and was evaluated and seen to have been very successful.

16.0 Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

FAWE Uganda in a bid to promote inclusive educationimplemented a pilot project with financial support from Mobility International USA in four pilot districts selected from the four regions of Uganda. The main aim of the project was to transform the schools into inclusive Centres Of Excellence for other schools to learn from and replicate the good practices of  increased meaningful community participation and support services for children with disabilities.

17.0 Annual Events

(a) The Sarah Ntiro Lecture and Award – an annual lecture which provides an advocacy platform and mentoring opportunity to girls both in school and out of school. This is an event that takes place in the month of March of every year and it is during this event that women of Distinction and Models of Excellence are recognized as women achievers to tap their influence, experiences and skills for the promotion of girls’ education.

(b) The girls’ education week (GEW) –is an annual event that started in 2009. It is a week-long event with the sole purpose of giving the girls a platform to air out their views about their challenges and experiences in school.

(c). FAWEU as well participates in other nationally recognized events. We Mainly participate in: Global Education Week celebrations, Women’s day celebrations and the day of the African Child


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