Strengthening Education Systems in Learning (SESIL) is a £41.8 million UK government-funded programme that promotes foundational learning and access to affordable education for vulnerable children’s.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SESIL shifted its focus towards remedial learning via a ‘Community Led Learning’ (CLL) initiative implemented by Cambridge Education/Mott MacDonald.
The early CLL initiative was rolled out in February 2021 across 77 parishes in 15 local governments in West Nile and Eastern Uganda. Through UK government funding, the program has supported 250,000 primary school children with remedial learning in literacy and numeracy.
Through partnership with the Education Above All foundation (EAA) and Luminos Fund, the successful education programme expanded its fantastic result of reaching 250,000 vulnerable children to enrol an additional 65,000 at-risk and out of school children through its proven, innovative Community-Led Learning approach.
EAA Foundation seeks to provide equal access to education and to harness the power of quality primary education for the most marginalised out of school children, whereas Luminos Fund is a non-profit organisation that works to ensure that all children have equal access to foundational learning.
Speaking at the partnership agreement meeting, Philip Smith the Development Director at the British High Commission said ‘We are grateful to Education Above All (EAA) and Luminos Fund for partnering with us on the CLL programme and want to thank Mott MacDonald for their flexibility and commitment to deliver the programme’.
“Community-Led Learning is embedded in local structures. The levels of ownership on the part of community members, parents and local governments has been incredible. There is a genuine capacity and demand to engage in improving children’s foundational learning, which bodes well for the sustainability of the initiative” added Laura Garfold, the Team Leader of the SESIL programme at Mott MacDonald.
Michael Cacich, the Technical Head of East and Southern Africa for EAA’s Educate A Child programme added “ EAA is pleased to expand its reach in Uganda to enrol and retain an additional 65,000 at-risk and out of school children. Strong partnerships such as this ensure that children, no matter their circumstances, can be supported through access to quality primary education to overcome the barriers and retain the tools needed to reach their full potential.