Kids Club Kampala is excited to announce it has received grant funding from UK Aid, to run a two-year project to increase access to quality non formal education for the most vulnerable out of school children in Uganda. UK Aid, the Department for International Development The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is DFID’s centrally managed fund for small UK based not-for-profit organisations and it provides grants to organisations that work in priority countries to help enhance their capacity and efforts to tackle poverty and towards achieving the Global Goals.
The UK Aid SCCF grant will be funding The Early Education for All Project. The aim of the project is to increase access to quality non formal education for the most vulnerable out of school children who are being left behind by the formal education system in Uganda. This project will remove barriers which prevent children from accessing education, through providing daily non formal education classes free of charge every afternoon from Monday to Friday for 150 children aged 3-6 in three of Kampala’s biggest slums, alongside providing daily, hot, nutritional meals for every child who attends the project. Through this project we hope to increase access to quality non formal education for 150 children living in Kampala’s slums by helping them to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics which will positively impact their lives and lift them out of poverty in the long term.
Poverty Should Not Be The reason Why Children Are Robbed of an Education.
Education is extremely important in Uganda as children are more likely to drop out of school, or not start school at all due to extreme poverty. The right to an education is a basic human right that every child should have. When children do not have the opportunity to go to school they have nowhere to go during the day and they can get caught up in gangs, child labour, prostitution, petty crimes or worse. The opportunity to be educated not only protects innocent children but it can help to give children a brighter future. The Encouraging Education project is so important as many children we work with do not have the opportunity to go to school and as a result children miss out. Kids Club Kampala have been working to ensure every child gets to experience the gift of learning, reading and writing and now thanks to the UK Aid grant we can help more children.
How will this project be structured?
This project will remove barriers which prevent children from accessing education, through providing daily non formal education classes for free of charge every afternoon from Monday to Friday for 150 children aged 3-6 in three of Kampala’s biggest slums.
The funding from UK Aid runs until 2020 at which point we will have
Built a new community classroom for the project in Kampala
Delivered daily, free, non-formal education classes for 50 children from 3 slum communities in Uganda.
Provided a hot meal daily for each child who attends the project.
Provided a monthly supply of teaching materials and learning resources each month.
Provided a monthly supply of stationary for children for the project.
Delivered monthly teacher training sessions for all project teachers.
Termly parent’s meetings in each community taking place at the beginning of each school term.
Our UK director and co-founder Olivia Barker-White and Ed Miles travelled to London to meet with the Minister for International Development Lord Bates and other recipients of the SCCF fund on Thursday 20th December at Whitehall. Everyone from the Kids Club Kampala team both in the UK and Uganda are extremely excited about this development and we can’t wait to help more children.
“We are honoured to be awarded this funding from UK Aid and really excited to begin the Early Education for All project to help provide education to more vulnerable children in Uganda’s slums.” - Kids Club Kampala
UK Aid visited our Early Education for All project in Uganda last week and said:
“Kids Club Kampala is the first Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) organisation we have visited in country, and I can’t imagine a better one to have started with. I feel so assured about what the fund can achieve with thoughtful, grassroots work.”
We are really proud of the work we have done so far and we are looking forward to supporting more children in Uganda this year, please sign-up to our blog to receive more information about Kids Club Kampala and about the Education For All project.