Less than a third of children enrolled in Grade 3 have basic Grade 2 level literacy and numeracy skills
Children from poorer households consistently achieve lower competency levels, on all tests and across all ages
There are big differences between the three East African countries, with Kenya performing better, and Uganda faring worst
At least one teacher in ten is absent from school in East Africa on any given school day
Among pupils enrolled in Grade 7, two in ten do not have Grade 2 level literacy and numeracy competencies
Within countries there are big disparities; the best and worst performing districts in East Africa are both in Kenya
Uwezo means ‘capability’ in Kiswahili. Uwezo is a five year initiative that aims to improve competencies in literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years old in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, by using an innovative approach to social change that is citizen driven and accountable to the public.