PEDN prides herself in having the experience and knowledge related to solutions to challenges facing youth as of the result of directly working with over 300 schools and reaching out to over 500,000 youth in 12 districts since 2004. Solutions to youth issues such as poverty, education challenges, unemployment, have been addressed through the organizations strategy of using social & financial education. Despite of this progress most of these solutions have not been applied at a wider coverage leading to the gap between what is known and what is done in practice. This has also affected the sustainability of some of our programs in the schools and districts where they have been implemented.
Our 2016- 2021 strategic plan developed a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Department which has been tasked to undertake studies, Random Control Trials (RCT’s) and surveys to support knowledge management and learning.
As a way forward, we shall be sharing our different studies, policy briefs, new innovations in youth empowerment that can support in youth empowerment programs across the world. Kindly download some of our materials from the department below to learn more about our work under youth empowerment.
I take this great opportunity to welcome you to our page which has been dedicated to sharing with you all our 2019 monthly newsletters that will keep you updated of what is happening at The Private Education Development Network (PEDN)
2019 marks a great milestone to the organization due to the innovations we shall be bringing to our schools such as social & emotional learning, integration of gender in our social & financial education curriculum, and setting up of school financial management systems to ease school fees payments, and improve school savings. We shall be directly working with 350 schools across the country to implement our different programs directly reaching out to over 40,000 youth.
Special appreciation to all our dedicated partners who believe in us and have continued to closely work with us in building a Ugandan Society that is enterprising and productive.
Happy new year and enjoy our 2019 newsletters. (Click on newsletter to download)
The First Lady and the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni, has assured African curriculum developers, educators and researchers that Uganda is committed to ensuring that quality education is provided to all learners. This was during the African Golf view hotel in Entebbe on May 28, 2018 where over 150 curriculum experts, professionals and other scholars across the continent and beyond under the them: Curriculum for sustainable learning organized by the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC).
PEDN was represented by Irene Mutumba, Country Director (PEDN) and Charlene Mugula (Communications Officer). Irene made a presentation on the role of the Private Sector in curriculum development which highligted why the private sector should be a key partner in curriculum development as the students taught through the curriculum should be able to meet the demands and skills needs of the private sector.
Museveni also said the Government of Uganda’s commitment to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, the International Educational Agenda, the Skilling Uganda Strategic Plan 2012-2022, the Uganda Vision 2040 and other promulgations on education cannot be questioned.
To read more please visit https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1478710/relevant-curriculum-relevant-education-development-lady
Even when there are no official school fees, the financial burden of purchasing uniforms, books, and other school supplies prevents low-income students from remaining in school. In Uganda, researchers tested whether a school-based savings program improved academic performance and reduced dropout rates by enabling students and their families to save for school-related expenses. A version of the program that labeled savings for educational purposes, rather than fully committing money to educational expenses, increased the amount students saved, expenditures on educational supplies, and test scores.
Civil society activists including Irene Mutumba the country director at Private Education Development Network (PEDN) called for a revised strategy that involves men to champion girl’s education.
In her speech Mutumba said,” We have only engaged female activists for women’s and girls’ rights, the new strategy should engage total participation of men to attain women’s emancipation and end gender inequality.”
She stressed that the current gender inequality strategy portrays the importance of women’s rights than educating and calling for a harmonious living between the two sexes.
“Men passive gender equality as a move to undermine them at home and this explains why many have not joined the straggle.
We should talk about their daughters’ rights this would bring them closer since no man would want his children battered.” Mutumba said.
However she recommended that boys rights ‘shouldn’t be forgotten adding that with time, the number of boys mistreated would be high.
“We have forgotten the rights of a boy child, almost everyone has abandoned them assuming that they are not facing any challenges but they really need counseling.” Mutumba added.
To learn more read https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1450134/girl-child-education-civil-society-suggest-revised-strategy