Uwezo conducts annual large scale, citizen-led, household-based assessments that measure actual levels of children’s literacy and numeracy across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Uwezo’s original goal for the first four years of operation was to contribute to a ten percent increase in basic literacy and numeracy competencies of 6 to 16 year olds in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We aimed to achieve this by shifting attention from the dominant focus on enrolment rates and infrastructure to the actual learning levels of children.

Uwezo’s Annual Plan 2014 (Click HERE to read the full document) updates the goals of Uwezo across East Africa, presenting an interesting convergence of the old and the new, the safe and the risky. On the one hand, Uwezo will continue to pursue the original goal of contributing to a ten percent increase in basic literacy and numeracy competencies of 6-16 year olds in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

On the other hand, Uwezo will pursue a learning goal – experimenting to see what works in improving the large-scale assessment, communicating evidence, and influencing citizen action.