LABE mid-term review of the Mother-Tongue Education project: improving educational access and outcomes for marginalised children in post-conflict Northern Uganda (phase 2)

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Literacy and Adult Basic Education (LABE) is a non-government organisation (NGO) operating in Uganda. LABE has extensive experience in adult and basic education, particularly in relation to women and girls’ education in remote and difficult settings of Uganda.

Between 2009 and 2013 LABE successfully initiated and implemented the Mother-Tongue Education (MTE) Project in six postconflict districts of West Nile and Northern Uganda. The first purpose of the original project was to find ways to build multi-stakeholder capacity that would result in returning pupils to primary schools at the end of a 30-year period of war and conflict.

The second purpose was to assist the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the National Curriculum and Development Centre (NCDC) and its District and Local Government partners to implement the new national curriculum with specific reference to the first three years of lower primary schooling, Primary (P) 1, 2 and 3. The new curriculum, commonly known as the ‘Thematic Curriculum’ (see NCDC 2013) is based on the use of local languages as the mediums of instruction for the first three years of school, followed by a transitional year (P4) in which the medium of instruction is to transition towards English medium education that follows a subject-based rather than thematic-based curriculum.

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