The purpose of the LEAD Program is to use Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to prepare vulnerable secondary school girls for the demands of life while developing key life skills that are demanded by employers but currently underdeveloped in Ugandan secondary education system.
After school mentoring sessions to develop life skills such as critical thinking, communication, and self-awareness with the purpose of helping girls to continue their education and/or be employed after secondary school.
Engagement with grassroots education champions such as parents, Village Education Committees, Parents & Teachers, School Management Committees & Local leaders to support the children’s learning with foundational skills of literacy and numeracy.
The solution is built to help secondary school learners in processing and acquiring core competencies of life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, self-awareness among others including values like respect, integrity using social emotional learning framework. The program is based on a holistic development model that realizes the need to involve teachers and the community in supporting girls’ development. The program rests on the belief that through regular, positive interaction we can help girls to become leaders, be excellent students, gain access to knowledge and resources, and discover more about themselves and the world.
Covid-19 and closure of schools have affected children’s learning outcomes especially in rural communities. This has proven that parents and communities have major roles in the learning of children and improving education system. FICH addresses the root of this problem by engaging parents and strengthening community education structures to support the learning of children aged 6-12 and 13-19 in rural communities and schools.
FICH engages with key stakeholders such as Chairpersons Local Council 1, Village Education Committees, organized community groups, older youth in the community and retired teachers to support the learning of children.
Doris Acham from Orib cing group borrowed a loan amounting to Uganda shillings 500,000 which she used to boost her fruit selling business at Loro town Council. She says she
Silvia borrowed 500,000 to boost her charcoal business which is employing 4 youths; 1 female and 3 males who help transport charcoal bought from the villages to the trading centre
Teddy Achola borrowed Uganda Shillings 700,000 from the group and used to purchase beans which she sells in the nearby markets. She says she earns Uganda shillings 50,000 weekly as
Hellen Borrowed 900,000 from the revolving fund to start her business of selling cooking oil in the nearby market. She gets a profit of Uganda shillings 10,000 on every jerrycan
Sophia Alum aged 50 , resident of Ongor and a mother of 7 children borrowed a total loan of Uganda Shillings 1,500,000 and used it to repair her broke down