Strengthening Community and Parental participation in enhancing quality education in primary schools in Uganda (SCOPPE)

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Project Goal

Improved quality of basic education in Uganda using a well developed community based approach to build the capacity of parents and the community to effectively participate in school and management governance.

Main Objective of the Project

To enable parents and the community understand, appreciate and act upon the issues which prevent children (girls and boys) from achieving the desired learning outcomes. A particular focus is the education of girls in order to achieve other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to  maternal and infant health and poverty alleviation through economic development. (MDGs 1, 4 and 5)

Specific Objectives

 The specific objectives of SCOPPE include:

  •  To investigate the current level of involvement in primary education by parents and representatives of the community
  •  To explore opportunities for enhancing involvement in Uganda’s primary education by parents and the community with a view to improve pupils’ performance
  •  To identify training and development needs in order for such involvements to be effective
  •  To develop models for parental and community involvement in primary education through school governance and in other ways
  •  To develop a training and development programme for parents and community members to be delivered through existing and developing networks and potentially new technologies. 

Rationale of SCOPPE

The introduction of Universal Primary Education (UPE) in Uganda in 1997 brought on board parents who had no past experience with school involvement and handling of school going children. This category of parents have limited understanding of the expectations of the school vis a vis the role of a parent of a school going child. Girls in this context are even more vulnerable because of the social cultural constructions of their roles in society.

 The UPE policy seems to assume that parents of children in school understand their role as parents of school going children. It is evident that this is a wrong assumption. Many of the challenges being experienced by the primary education system point to parents not understanding their role in their children’s education, what takes place in school, the demand schools make on children, the nature of support needed by children to stay in school and the importance of interacting with teachers as a means of following up on their children’s performance.

This is why SCOPPE as a community based approach to building the capacity of parents and the community to effectively participate in school management and governance has been developed.


Project major activities

  • Joint research study in the area of school/ community linkages, school leadership and governance
  • Develop a community-based model/approach to quality improvement in schools
  • Develop community based and professional development programmes for a wider range of educational and other audiences
  • Professional development and staff training, exchange visits to Uganda and the UK

Expected Output/Outcomes

  • Dissemination seminars and workshops
  • Joint research reports and publications
  • New/revised programmes and courses developed which are relevant to the country
  • A cascade model of training and development for enhancing community and parental involvement
  •  Information support materials


Partner Institutions


Contact Details

Alice Nankya Ndidde

Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE)

School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, Makerere University

PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Tel:+256 414 534 803/0712 871 684



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