October 2014: Uwezo Assessment Update

Uwezo Regional Office
Nairobi, Kenya
21st October 2014

Uwezo Laikipia KALAN-79Uwezo Kenya and Uwezo Uganda have now completed their 2014 assessments. Uwezo Kenya completed assessments in 156/158 districts, whilst Uwezo Uganda completed the assessment in 30 sampled districts nationwide.

Uwezo Tanzania will be next, undertaking the assessment in sampled districts all over Tanzania in November 2014.

Watch this space for more information!

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The Global Search for Education: More News from Africa

The Huffington Post
20th October 2014

“Arguably the most dysfunctional education systems, especially public schools, are to be found in Africa. This is related to a bigger problem that is twofold: a washed away value system and lack of imagination.” — Sara Ruto

Uwezo HuffPost Article

In The Global Search for Education today, C.M Rubin of the Huffington Post blog invited Dr. Sara Ruto (Regional Manager of Uwezo, a literacy and numeracy initative in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), Aarnout Brombacker (Founding partner of the South African mathematics consultancy, Brombacher and Associates), Dylan Wray (Co-founder of Shikaya, which supports the development of teachers in South Africa), and Senator David Coltart (Minister of Education, Arts and Culture for Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013) to share their perspectives and solutions for bringing about transformative change in education in Africa.

To read the full article, please click HERE



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‘Strengthen school inspection to have quality education’

IPP Media
13th October 2014

Mid last month, during inauguration of the School Inspection week celebrations, the Minister for Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT), Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, encouraged school inspectors to utilise their opportunity to ensure that quality of education in the country is enhanced.

ID-10027716Dr Kawambwa emphasised that Inspection department is the ministry’s ‘eye’ in quality assurance for primary and secondary education, in terms of quality teachers, availability of books, improved school environment and many other things.

He further noted that there are a number of challenges facing the Inspectorate department which hinder its effectiveness in quality assurance. Some of the challenges include inadequate qualified personnel, inadequate budget, ineffective leadership, congestion in classrooms, inadequate infrastructure and negligence of some teachers….

To read the full article, please click HERE

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Dr Sara Ruto speaks at the US Africa Leaders Summit 2014

Uwezo Regional Office
Washington, DC, United States
August 8th 2014

Education panel at Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, August 6, 2014.
Introduction: Her Excellency Lordina Mahama, First Lady of The Republic of Ghana

To watch the full video from the Education panel where Dr Ruto represented Uwezo, please click HERE

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Dr Sara Ruto represents Uwezo at 2014 Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC

Africa Leaders Summit 2014
Washington, DC, United States
Wednesday August 6th, 2014

Investing in Our Future at the Africa Leaders SummitInvesting in Our Future
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The forum will begin with a conversation between First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush to discuss the unique role and platform of a first spouse. Following their discussion, moderated panels will highlight key interventions, best practice solutions, and public-private partnerships in girls’ education, women’s health, and economic opportunity that can be adopted and replicated for significant impact.

Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Research shows that giving girls a quality education has tremendous multiplying effects for families, communities, societies, and the world — for generations. However, in 47 out of 54 African countries, girls have less than a 50 percent chance of completing primary school. These low odds are compounded by issues such as child marriage, trafficking, and the undue burden that HIV/AIDS and other diseases place on female-headed households (through loss of income and orphaned children). This panel spotlights transformative education interventions and programs for women and girls; and the benefits of education to them, their families and their nations. Panelists will discuss interventions that employ public-private partnership models, cross-sector collaborations, and technology to improve access to educational opportunities for girls.

Her Excellency Lordina Mahama
First Lady of The Republic of Ghana

Panel Moderator
The Honorable Catherine M. Russell
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State Ambassador

Ann Cotton
Founder and President, Camfed International

Shelly Esque
Chairman of the Board, Intel Foundation, and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs and Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation

Aïcha Bah Diallo
Chairperson and Founding Member, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Sara Ruto, Ph.D.
Regional Manager – Uwezo East Africa, Uwezo

Education Announcement
Reeta Roy
President and Chief Executive Officer, The MasterCard Foundation

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