Project Description

CDE Overview

GPFD believes community leadership is the key to responsible and sustainable development and that local people have the right to drive change in their schools and communities. The parents, teachers, leaders, and other community members we partner with are some of the most industrious, resilient, and creative people in the world. They may need some additional skills and they usually need capital; but they understand their community’s assets and needs, and their goals and vision should direct any development work in their community.

Global Partners is working to transform education in East Africa. We strive to:

    1. Get and keep kids in school
    2. Improve the quality of education kids receive once they are in school
    3. Empower communities to continue improving their schools on their own after we leave

CDE Process

Get and Keep Kids in School

    • Global Partners mobilizes low performing primary schools and their communities through meetings facilitated by Global Partners staff.
    • Our program encourages all households in the community to participate alongside school staff in the identification, implementation, and sustainability planning of projects that impact student attendance.
    • As communities and schools work together to identify why children are not attending school and develop a project to improve attendance, they are encouraged to build on their existing strengths and assets

Improve Quality of Education

    • Global Partners recognizes that getting kids in school is only one part of the equation; equipping students with a quality education is equally as important.
    • Through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Global Partners equips teachers with proven literacy tools and empowers them to develop their students into successful lifelong learners
    • True to our ethos, we partner with East African educators to ensure that our interventions are locally relevant. We meet teachers where they are and move them towards improved learning outcomes.

Empower Communities to Continue Improving Their Schools

    • Global Partners knows that in order to generate lasting impact, communities need to drive their own development.
    • We equip communities with the knowledge, skills, and seed money they need to design and operate sustainable businesses to support their schools after we exit.
    • Using proceeds from the business, a community can apply for a secondary grant. Applying skills acquired during the first project, communities set up meetings, guide the goal development and decision making process, create budgets, solicit bids, create a sustainability plan, and manage the implementation process.

Evaluate Our Impact

    • We aim to produce robust statistical analysis of the impact of our model. To do this, outcomes in CDE schools are compared to those in similar schools that were not involved in the program.

CDE Spotlight: To date, we’ve partnered with 21 communities using our CDE model. Learn about a couple of our current partnerships below.

Utajo – Suba North, Kenya

Utajo Primary School is located in Suba North Constituency of Homa Bay County in Kenya. Utajo’s classrooms were officially condemned near the end of last year. The school’s latrines also pose a severe risk to the students and teachers at the school. Between the primary school and the partial secondary school located next door, there are only three functional latrines and these are in danger of collapsing. The school also suffers from a lack of clean water and is forced to collect untreated and polluted water from Lake Victoria.

The local government recognizes the severity of the situation at Utajo and is committed to improving the school. They have allocated $16,000 in emergency funds to build two new classrooms for the school. GPFD Kenya is currently working with the community to determine their goals for the school and select a project(s).

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Semfuru – Singida, Tanzania

Semfuru Primary School is  located in rural Singida, Tanzania. The school’s classrooms and latrines are in poor condition. Several of the school’s teachers live off campus, and it takes them up to two hours to get to school. Many of the students also live considerable distances from school, and some don’t attend during the rainy season.

Through our CDE program, all households in the community are encouraged to participate alongside school staff in the identification, implementation, and sustainability planning of projects that impact student attendance. As the community and school work together to identify why children are not attending school and develop a project to improve attendance, they will build on their existing strengths and assets.

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