UFF has laid out a number of progressive and realistic objectives to guide their work in Uganda. These objectives are based upon the belief in the power of education to enable and transform sustainable change. UFF is building a modern and multi-purpose education centre, catering for both primary education and vocational training. They will also create employment and community opportunities through the building and running of this school. Sponsorship and funding, along with consultation with the community, are important aspects that will contribute to the success of UFF’s objectives.
1. Build a sustainable education centre
The design of the education centre will consider the needs of the area and community, including the environment, local business, local community access and local values.
The school will have modern facilities and most importantly, access to clean drinking water. A multi-purpose hall will provide recreational activities and land will provide agriculture activities and development for the whole community.
2. Establish a vocational training centre for the wider community
The education centre will offer skills training courses to women and adolescents outside of school hours, supporting the value of education, income generation and creating a sense of community ownership of the school.
These courses will be wide-ranging and varied, including tailoring, craft, agriculture, English, carpentry, mechanics and community awareness programs such as health and sanitation.
3. Create opportunities for the local community and strengthen the knowledge and skills of that community
The education centre will aim to provide employment opportunities for local workers, trade for local businesses and encourage local involvement at all levels of the running of the centre.
Opportunities for the community may include:
- Construction work for local Ugandan builders
- Employment for Ugandan teachers and ongoing training to develop literacy and teaching skills of the highest standard
- Creating jobs for local women as cooks, tailors and craftspeople
- Equipping students with more advanced agricultural knowledge and techniques, that can be passed on to the wider community
- Teaching English to anyone interested in learning
4. Teaching students a broad skill and knowledge base relevant to both their domestic life and wider engagement with society
The education centre will aim to equip students with a strong, all-round and relevant education, including literacy and mathematics. Students will also have access to non-prescribed subjects that can further their development, such as art, sport, and self-improvement classes.
In order to provide the highest level of education and benefit to the community, the education centre will ensure access to a broad range of resources. These will include computer access, internet use and a public library to encourage the expansion of knowledge and information available to this community.
5. Create an environment that emphasises health and balance
A healthy and clean environment is essential to effective learning. UFF will drill a deep-bore hole to provide students and the community with clean, accessible drinking water. Balanced and nutritious meals will be made twice a day for the students, to ensure they receive a healthy diet and learn about nutrition and diet.
A balanced and global approach to education, food and culture, will encourage a sense of cultural awareness and identity amongst the Ugandan students.
6. Plan an integrated sponsorship program to support the success of the project
UFF wants to ensure the success of the education centre and further projects through integrating sponsorship with community involvement and consultation. Only through giving the local community a sense of ownership and control over the education centre, and creating a dialogue between UFF and the Ugandan people, will the project be sustainable and successful.
7. United Future Foundation will actively seek sponsors and provide transparent feedback on their contributions
UFF will elicit sponsorship through events and publicity campaigns in Australia for specific aspects of the project, including the establishment, construction and building fees as well as the ongoing cost of education of the students and members of the local community.
The use of a formal and transparent reporting system will ensure that sponsors can clearly appreciate the impact of their financial contribution and ‘how far their dollars go’. These reports will include information on where and how their money was spent, and the benefit to the individual student and/or school community from their generosity.
UFF understands the value of contributions and the investment made by sponsors, and will have an efficient, continual and open reporting mechanism in place. Transparency is the key to building a good relationship with sponsors and obtain ongoing donations.
8. Build a strong connection between the education centre, UFF and the community
UFF will work with the community in the planning and development stages and involve them in its ongoing operation, so that a strong sense of ownership and connection with the centre is created. UFF will ensure that consultation with the community includes:
- The village Chairman
- Local governing authorities
- Parents of enrolled and prospective students
- Other NGO’s operating in the area
UFF strongly believes in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty. An emphasis on transparent sponsorship and funding and community consultation and involvement will support the success of UFF in achieving the above objectives. Transparency and consultation will also help us avoid the fate of other charities that have not implemented and maintained firm accountability and have not established a sense of community pride and vision in their projects.
United Future Foundation will ensure that the school is considered a valuable credit and asset to the community and future of Ugandan youth