2014 Uwezo Regional Training

Uwezo Regional Office
Nairobi, Kenya
14th August 2014

Training Manual cover 2014Senior volunteers have over the years proved to be invaluable in the various processes and in cognizance of this; they will take up on new, greater responsibilities as Village Coordinators (VCs). They will now officially be expected to take part in the pre-assessment activities that include household listing and volunteer selection in addition to assisting volunteers during the assessment processes. To equip them, the District coordinators (DCs) and Assistant District Coordinators (ADCs) with the requisite skills, regional trainings will be held in each of the countries. In attendance will also be the Regional Coordinators (RCs).

Uwezo Uganda and Kenya held their regional trainings between 14th and 21st August 2014. Uganda had four regions/clusters where 131 participants (28 DCs, 84 VCs, 8 RCs and 11 trainers) converged in four regional centers in Kampala, Gulu, Soroti and Arua . In Kenya, 715 participants (167 DCs & ADCs, 471 VCs, 20 RCs and 57 trainers) converged in 20 regions namely Bogoria, Chania, Eastern, Elgon, EwasoNyiro, Kakamega, Konza, Marathon, Marsabit, Mau, Metropolitan, Mt Kenya North and South, North East, North Lake, Pwani North and South, South Lake, South Nyanza and Turkana.

Uwezo Tanzania will hold its’ regional trainings in 5 centres spread across the country, namely Mbeya, Moshi, Kibaha, Kahama and Mwanza between 20th and 24th September, 2014. These centers represent its 5 zones; Southern highland, Northern, East and South, West southern and Lake zones respectively. A total of 280 participants (50 DCs and 50 ADCs, 150 VCs, 12 RCs and 18 trainers) are expected to converge for the training.

To aid the regional trainings, a brand new Village Coordinator Workbook has been developed alongside trainers Manual A. Volunteer training is usually guided by the Volunteer Workbook and Trainers manual B. Training manuals and workbooks are available here.

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Has Uwezo influenced key actors in 2013: Evidence from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Uwezo at Twaweza
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
3rd August 2014

This Monitoring Brief summarises the findings from a recent qualitative assessment of the resonance and impact of the Uwezo data collection in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Uwezo’s annual large-scale education assessment has been covered substantially in the media in the three countries, and the data appear to have stimulated considerable debate and garnered a variety of reactions from policy-makers.

In Kenya, there is convincing evidence that Uwezo’s findings are informing public debate: for instance, Uwezo findings are mentioned ID-10041186more than 25 in the NESSP Report, which is a seminal policy level document. Uwezo findings and their implications are also considerably covered by the media, as evidenced by the numerous citations in print and broadcasts. However, the report finds that Uwezo was criticized for not involving teachers, and various respondents stated Uwezo ought to be working closer with the Ministry of Education. While important to take seriously, such criticism also indicates that Uwezo has managed to stimulate public as well as policy debate on the quality of education.

In Tanzania, Uwezo has played a role in “highlighting the quality crisis” and reframing how the media covers education as well as government policy. At the same time, several respondents noted that while Uwezo has been successful at reaching politicians and the media, there is limited success in reaching parents and citizens, including those who were part of the assessment.

In Uganda, most respondents from the national level recognized the importance of the results and the quality of the independent research of Uwezo. However, respondents also called for improving links with rural and locally-based media as well as the most local level of government, since most of the general population – and the worse learning outcomes – tend to be in rural areas.

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Training across Uwezo East Africa

Uwezo Regional Office
Nairobi, Kenya
1st August 2014


Training is one of the key preparatory activities taken so very seriously in Uwezo. We are fortunate that over the years we have developed huge internal resource base, and can boast of having the best trainers all within the Uwezo family. And true to the East African spirit, we ensure that each country benefits from the best that East Africa had to offer! The Uwezo East Africa team comprising of three trainers, one from each country has been at the helm of ensuring quality training across the region. They support, inform, share and ensure adherence to Uwezo standards on training.

Uwezo uses a cascading training model comprising three levels; national, regional and district levels. The EA trainers preside over training in Uwezo Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania as the main trainers who offer technical expertise and train the trainers during the Training of trainers (ToT) meetings. Trainers then train District coordinators as well as the volunteers/data collectors within their individual districts. Training comprise of two sessions; a theory session and a practical, hands-on application of the Uwezo assessment tools during which field visits are conducted in schools and households. Uwezo organizes pilots in a district in each country where Uwezo assessment tools are tested as they as reviewed annually during which newly recruited District coordinators are introduced to Uwezo.

The EA trainers attend ToTs, regional trainings and national conferences. All the three countries have regions/zones where trainings are organized; this links all district coordinators and village coordinators in their respective regions to be trained on pre assessment activities during the regional trainings. Prior to the actual annual assessment a national conference is held and the regional coordinators, district coordinators are trained on the actual assessment process.

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pupils in arid areas score lowest grades

The Star Newspaper
Nairobi, Kenya
July 18th 2014

John ConferenceCLASS four children in most district schools cannot read simple class two work, an annual ranking sheet by Uwezo-Kenya, an educational research lobby has analysed in its 2013 study report. The report indicates that East Pokot district in Baringo county is the worst hit with only seven per cent of children able to do simple maths.

The report assesses children’s ability in literacy and numeracy, but the ranking analsyis of the 2013 report ranks East Pokot bottom in Kenya and the whole of East Africa. Uwezo coordinator John Mugo said: “It is important to talk about the worst performers so that so that action can be taken to ensure children learn in our schools.”

The Ministry of Education says despite an increase in primary school enrollment from 5.9 million in 2002 to the current more than 10 million, there are still more than 1 million children out of school. Most of the affected areas are the arid and semi arid areas, the ranking by Uwezo also confirms the same with Wajir South, Fafi, Samburu East, Pokot North, Kuria West, Laisamis, Wajir East, Laikipia North and Ijara being the most affected. Mugo pointed that the most affected are pastoralist districts.

“With such sharp disparities, Kenya can never be one. Our interventions must genuinely focus on the huge numbers of children locked out of opportunities as we stare.” Mugo said. He recommends the hiring of more teachers and equitable distribution of the capitation funds to ensure improved learning outcomes.

Serious learning seems to be taking place only in urban and agricultural districts as compared to arid and under developed districts. The ranking sheet observes that a child in Westlands, Kikuyu or Ruiru has more than 12 chances of reading or doing a simple math than a child in East Pokot. Top districts in literacy and numeracy are Westland, Kikuyu, Ruiru, Imenti South, Nyeri South, Thika West, Murang’a North, Naivasha, Keiyo and Githunguri.


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hunger drives Baringo pupils out of classes

The Star Newspaper
Nairobi, Kenya
June 18th 2014

By Joseph Kangogo

Four out of 10 children miss school everyday in Tiaty, Marigat and parts of Baringo North subcounties due to hunger and insecurity. A research released yesterday by Uwezo Kenya Baringo branch revealed that pupils’ education is four times more stable in Koibatek, Mogotio and Baringo Central than in Tiaty, Marigat and Baringo North. The situation is attributed to rife insecurity, acute hunger, poor roads and school infrastructure in the marginalised parts of the county.

Uwezo Kenya Baringo branch coordinator Lawrence Kiplagat said 34.2 per cent of standard three pupils in the entire county cannot solve a subtraction mathematics problem, while 37.4 per cent in the same class cannot read a paragraph in either English or Kiswahili. According to the research, 26.6 per cent of class three pupils cannot do a class two work and four out of 10 children miss the chance to acquire early childhood education. Kiplagat said one out of five primary school pupils cannot tell what the Kenya flag colours mean. The research was released at the Kenya School Government in Baringo town yesterday.

The event was attended by Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi. County assembly leader of minority Wesley Lekakimon blamed the poor learning situation on persistent insecurity among the pastoral communities in Mariagat, Tiaty and Baringo North subcounties that continue to destabilise families and children. He said teacher-student balancing is still a challenge in the areas as teachers shy off while others seek for transfers.

Deputy leader of majority Joseph Makilap asked the county government to use security officers to forcefully put children from Tiaty in boarding schools right from standard one to eight, “after which a pupil will have got the right test of school and forgotten the mentality culture of cattle rustling”. Cheboi said his administration has already hired 1,7800 early childhood development education teachers to serve in all the public nursery schools in the county.

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