Improving Learning in Rural Lower Primary School through Provision of Informal ECD: Lessons from an NGO Model in Uganda


Betty Akullu Ezati, Aramanzan Madanda, Josephine Ahikire

Abstract


Despite the importance of early childhood education in improving academic achievements in subsequent years and also in social development, it remains out of reach for majority of children in developing countries. This leaves informal education as the main preparation children in rural areas receive before entry into primary schools. This paper focuses on contributions of informal early childhood education to pupils learning in lower primary schools. Data was drawn from a three-year longitudinal study of children who had benefitted from the informal early childhood education provided by a nongovernmental organization (LABE), in Uganda. Findings show that attendance of informal home based learning improves pupils’ performance in literacy and numeracy by primary three. Children who attend the informal early childhood education performed better than those who start school direct from home. Informal early childhood education also increases children readiness for schools and helps them cope better with school. The paper recommends adaptation of the LABE model in rural areas with inadequate formal ECCE provisions. In addition, for improved supervision, linking HLC and primary schools is critical.

Keywords


Informal early childhood education, Learning, Rural, NGO.

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Title

Improving Learning in Rural Lower Primary School through Provision of Informal ECD: Lessons from an NGO Model in Uganda

Keywords

Informal early childhood education, Learning, Rural, NGO.

DOI

10.20448/journal.509.2018.51.51.59

Date

2018-01-09

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Journal

Journal of Education and e-Learning Research
Vol 5, No 1 (2018) Page: 51-59

Print ISSN

2518-0169

Online ISSN

2410-9991

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Authors & Affiliations

Betty Akullu Ezati
Makerere University
Uganda

Aramanzan Madanda
Researcher, Centre for Basic Research
Uganda

Josephine Ahikire
Makerere University
Uganda


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