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Cheap and Accessible community education.

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  • Lawyer / Advocate

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In remote areas of Africa where the Internet and cost of data are oppressive AND where the education levels of their parents is very low or non existent to be able to follow up reading materials at all, EDUCATION CARAVANS may be the most pragmatic solution. Here village school teachers using bicycles and loud speakers move around villages conducting mass education sessions for the village children in their home compounds being safely distanced. With time, the villagers shall know the exact time these sessions take place. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

We generally need to fundentally change our education system. We need to reduce our theory based learning to a more practical approach. This applies to breeding an effective work force not an employment dependent citizenry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a lawyer / advocate practicing the law in Uganda for now 15 years. I know that the reality is we need positive social transformation where mindset change is achieved for the development of our communities. 

What region are you located in?

  • Eastern Africa

Where are you located?

I am based in Kampala the capital city. I however have knowledge of the realities that we all have a role to play in improving our communities.


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Hello chrome beverages  - so happy to see your idea posted on the platform! I'm Rachel, one of the Community Coaches. As I read your submission, I was struck by your truly creative approach - one that is human-centered and leverages the assets of your communities. I wonder, have you had the opportunity to receive feedback on your idea with any local educators/community members/parents? I would also love to hear more about what a "mass education session" might look like. Many cool possibilities!

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Hi Rachel, thanks for the feedback. No I haven't had the opportunity to share my idea with local authorities. We are in a rather strict lock down. Unfortunately I haven't come across a local online forum interested in ideas from the private sector. I however have privately shared this idea with my mother who is now a retired teacher having taught for about 5 decades. The idea in my opinion would work well considering the educational and financial levels of our people in remote villages in Uganda. A "mass education session" suggests that all villagers would inevitably join into the learning sessions since the timetable would be known and it would be on loudspeakers covering several homesteads. It may have the resultant benefit of adult literacy as well.

Photo of Rachel Siegel

Thank you so much for your response. I so appreciate that your idea can help educate multiple generations in the villages. I recently took a graduate course on becoming a trauma-informed school and learned that one of the best ways to build resiliency and self-efficacy in students is to intentionally include the family system (i.e. multi-generations) in the learning. Your idea reminds me of this type of approach - which has the potential for lasting, positive impacts in the community!

Tagging Games for Learning and Fun by Aparna Khanna , as this idea could serve as inspiration for your own. Take care!

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