Next Generation Schools is a Non-Government Organisation which partners with government-owned secondary schools in rural areas to improve governance, supervision and training, with an ethos of putting students first for the provision of good quality free secondary education in Uganda.
Next Generation Schools was started as a program of Mara Foundation in 2009, out of the foundation’s desire to assist the Government of Uganda to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its policy of free secondary education. The program was designed by a team with a broad range of experience and aimed to integrate ideas from the diverse worlds of education, business, civil society and government. Within the first two years of the Next Generation Schools program being started, Mara Foundation was able to work with the government to partner with a total of five schools to pilot the program.
The pilot program registered measurable achievements, so due to the great demand for further partnerships from schools themselves, coupled with the need for a secondary education intervention in more remote parts of Uganda, it was decided that Next Generation Schools should become an autonomous entity. This independence will enable the new organisation not only to attract a broader range of expertise and talent, but also to attract resources from external stakeholders who share the goal of educational improvement at secondary level in Uganda.
- To get more young people in school by creating higher demand for quality free education amongst rural communities and by supporting the sector to lower the cost of providing it.
- To get a better-educated population by increasing the impact of the education provided to young people.
To enhance the quality of education in 100 government-owned Universal Secondary Education schools in Uganda through improved management systems and building the capacity of school stakeholders, geared towards developing a well-educated population.
Some of the activities that Next Generation Schools conducts are as follows:
- Continuous support site visits to schools on daily running and management.
- Capacity building workshops for Head Teachers and teachers. Some of the topics that have been covered are motivation of teachers, development and implementation of school strategic plans, and project management.
- Development of 4-year and annual strategic plans for effective and efficient management of the school activities.
- Joint examinations for all the Next Generation Schools, especially the candidate classes. This fosters peer support and ultimately improved performance of students.
- Support supervision by the Joint Supervisory Team (JST) of the Next Generation Schools as a strategy that enhances cross-accountability between schools. The JST constitutes a representative from each of the schools that ensures that supervision is carried out in each of the school at least once every term. The theme of the supervision varies from term-to-term, and the exact composition of the JST is adjusted to reflect the theme in question.
- Mobilization of resources on behalf of the schools, for example fundraising for refurbishment projects or text books that can be donated to schools to equip their libraries.
You can read about some of the work have done in each of our five pioneer schools below.
Katale Kamesse SS, Nakaseke
Katale Kamesse SS is a new, community-founded school in a remote part of Nakaseke District which formerly lacked access to secondary education. The school was identified by the District Education Officer as one of the schools that urgently needed whatever kind of support from outside that was available, especially because it is a seed school and is facing several challenges associated to getting established as a new school.
Kiwoko SS, Kiwoko, Nakaseke
Kiwoko Secondary School was founded in 1990 by the Church of Uganda. In 2001, it was taken over by the government, and became USE in 2007. The school is mixed day and boarding O- and A-level.
Kasengejje SS, Mende Sub-county
Kasengejje SS is a mixed day O- and A-level school located in a peri-urban area a few kilometres from Wakiso town. The school was a pioneer of the Next Generation Schools programme under Mara Foundation, and was instrumental in the formalisation of the partnership between the school, Mara Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Kamda Community SS, Mpata Sub-county, Mukono District
Kamda SS was founded by the community in 1997, as a joint effort between the communities of Kabanga and Mpata, who formed a development association which gives the school its name (Kabanga and Mpata Development Association, KAMDA). The government took on the school in 2007, and it currently provides only O-level (S1-S4) without any boarding facilities.
Sir Apollo Kaggwa SS, Nazigo Sub-county, Mukono District
This is registered as an O- and A-level, mixed day and boarding school, with specialist provision for Visually Impaired Students (VIS). The school is built on 35 acres of land donated by the family of Sir Apollo Kaggwa, a Buganda Prime Minister, in the 1960s. The current enrolment of the school is 389 students. 35 of these are visually impaired – they are taught alongside the sighted students.
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Asha Najjuko- Programs Coordinator