Uwezo, meaning ‘capability’ in Kiswahili, is an initiative that aims to improve competencies in literacy and numeracy among children aged 6-16 years old in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We do thisbyusing an innovative, citizen-driven approach to social change that is accountable to the public. We enable policy makers as well as ordinary citizens – parents, students, local communities and the public at large – to become aware of actual levels of children’s literacy and numeracy, and build on that awareness to stimulate practical community and policy change across East Africa.
Unlike contemporary national assessments, Uwezo is citizen driven and implemented. Uwezo has identified and adheres to country specific policies and guidelines that relate to methodology (sampling) and test development for national assessments. In addition to this, the Uwezo processes are benchmarked alongside Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) from which the Uwezo methodology is derived.
The Uwezo Standards Manual is the source document for the detailed organizational standards across the two main areas of Uwezo operations: Assessment and Communication. For a detailed exploration of the Uwezo Standards Manual and the Uwezo Branding Manual, please download these documents here