URDT GIRLS’ SCHOOL (URDTGS)

URDT Girls’ School uses the 2 generation approach whereby students and their parents learn together, develop a shared vision for their home, analyze their current situation, apply systems thinking, team learning, plan together and learn new skills.

Alongside the national curriculum, the students get ‘change agent’ training to generate sustainable income, health, family cooperation, and peace at home while they study. The students transfer their newly gained skills through back-home projects; educative theatre, workshops and radio programmes.

The URDTGS aims to develop a pool of value-driven, visionary leaders who are committed to taking up transformation roles in their homes and communities.
Many children are only consumers of resources, for URDT the child is a resource waiting to be unleashed.

Background
The school started in 2000 to fill a need for education that is linked to development and women empowerment. URDT beliefs that educated young women are key to transforming rural poor communities into vibrant, sustainable rural economies.

The URDT students come from poor backgrounds and are committed to developing their homes while she studies and gets prepared for future leadership.
Although the Ugandan Government provides universal primary and secondary education, their schools are poorly equipped to produce functionally literate, principled, entrepreneurial and responsible citizens and to take care of girl specific needs.

Activities
Besides the Ugandan National Curriculum, the school offers a comprehensive programme that enhances a diverse range of skills and shapes the learners’ character to become all-round and value-driven transformational leaders. Below more details:
1) Students are trained to provide leadership in back home projects such as sustainable agricultural practices, commercial farming, agro-processing, environmental protection, use of appropriate technologies and community development. This is done through workshops, debates, essay writing, sports competitions, various clubs, science fairs, music, dance, and drama.
2) Students transfer their newly gained competencies through tailor-made parents workshops, back-home projects; popular theatre, radio programmes on URDT’ community radio and collaborative projects with URDT’s other educational institutions.
3) The school emphasizes the importance of science subjects and fine arts because it enhances analytical thinking, discipline, and creativity.
4) The school also supports students to develop model farm enterprises that act as centers of learning in the villages and to participate in local governance practices.

Management
The Headteachers of the Primary and Secondary school sections are responsible for the day to day running of the school. They work with a team of about 20 teaching and non-teaching staff. URDT’s Board of Governors oversees the operations and set policies.

Partnerships
The school has good working relationships with the local authorities, Foundation for African Women Educationists Uganda chapter (FAWE-U), KSCON, NOGAMU, Straight Talk Foundation, Uganda Red Cross and UNICEF-U. It gets more financial support from Charities based in Uganda, the Netherlands, and the USA.

Results
At the organizational level:
1) URDT has established a fully-fledged primary and secondary school;
2) A co-curriculum that enables the girl-child to become a change agent. The students learned to do self-discovery, they have self-confidence and a broad range of technical skills;
3) The school started with 60 students. Now each academic year it educates 250 students from upper primary (P5) to secondary advanced level (S6) and works with about 1500 home members and over 200 communities;
4) The school is working out modalities to integrated the 2-generation approach in the 2 URDT community schools;
5) In 2003, the District Inspector of School declared URDTGS a model school of Kibaale district due to its quality and relevant education;
6) The school won awards from FAWE-U (2002); European Commission-U (2006); National Book Trust (2003/5/7) and Tumaini Award (2011) and Teach A Man to Fish Award (2012).
7) The school has won most annual netball and volleyball competitions of Kibaale District (2004/13).

At student and home level:
1) The students and parents appreciate that education is linked to action necessary to organize her home and build partnerships with her parents for economic and social transformation;
2) The girls’ academic results in national exams are good compared to local and Kampala based school
3) The students caused visible changes at home and community level:

  • Over 75% improved their incomes, farms, health and nutrition status. Most of the students’ siblings are now going to school;
  • The family members have a shared vision, plan together and are working towards long term prosperity and peace;
  • Family cooperation has improved, gender equality is addressed and domestic violence has reduced;
  • The school’s outreach programme reached over 12.000 community members and 1 million listeners.
  • By actively involving the parents, we have limited the knowledge gap between the 2 generations

 

 
URDT extends Cervical Cancer
Screening services to the called hard
to reach areas in Kagadi District
Ndaiga Sub County.

 
URDT held a board of
directors and senior management
retreat from 6th – 7th/Feb/2019.

URDT-ARU holds a staff
conference with the aim of
orienting staff on the core
principles of the organization

URDT institute graduates are
championing entrepreneurship in
the communities

Graduates urged to seek
self-employment during
the African Rural University
4th Graduation ceremony

African rural university
Students clean Kagadi town
streets and market in a move
to keep the Town Council clean

Robert Fritz
Trains Over 200 URDT Staff and
Community Leaders on Visionary
Leadership at URDT

URDT Cervical Cancer project Launched
in Kagadi on the 26th January 2018 at URDT

The government of Uganda praises URDT
for transforming the youth and the country

H.E president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Commissioned the Kagadi Kibaale Media House
On 13th November 2015, at URDT campus

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Upcoming Major Events

 
  • Launch of the Uganda Project Documentary at Cinemax Acacia Avenue on 28th march 2019
  • Installation and launch of KKC TV at the media house.

  • Staff development workshop at URDT facilitated by Robert Fritz from 19th to 26th March 2019

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URDT and ARU Management has held its Staff Conference for 2019
URDT/ARU STAFF CONFERENCE 2019
URDT/ARU STAFF CONFERENCE 2019
URDT Institute Students during their Welding classes
Institute Hands on
Institute Hands on
View of URDT Campus
Our Campus
Our Campus
Cervical cancer project
Training Cervical cancer nurses
Training Cervical cancer nurses
pupils in their farms
Pupil Managed School Farm
Pupil Managed School Farm
URDT embraces culture
Cultural Asset center
Cultural Asset center
KKCR Acts as a forum for participation and information sharing for rural transformation
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
Information Sharing by KKC Radio
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