KAMPALA, UGANDA- The Aga Khan Foundation and Kampala City Council Authority have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of a project intended to improve the wellbeing of boys and girls aged 0-8 in Central Uganda.
The project is co-financed by AKF and ELMA Philanthropies and implemented by AKFU. The M.o.U is to formalize a collaboration with KCCA to deliver on the objectives of the project as shown below;
The two and half year project is geared towards improving care practices including cognitive stimulation and nutrition, among caregivers of boys and girls aged 0-3 years, strengthening capacity of caregivers to support primary school readiness for boys and girls aged 3-5 years, increasing capacity of primary schools to support successful transition and retention of children aged 6-8years and enhancing learning and coordination between ECD service providers within KCCA.
The signing event was attended by the Aga Khan Foundation team led by Dr. Akim Okuni and the KCCA team was led by Juliet Namudu, Director Legal, Acting Deputy Director Public and Corporate affairs Peter Kawuju and Deputy Director Social Services.
Juliet Namudu the Acting Deputy Executive Director of KCCA said “Today we are here to sign an MOU with the Aga Khan Foundation to look after the children form the age of 0 to 8 years of age in several ways of health and nutrition plus preparing them for education at the lower level, the hops is that this intervention will keep the children in school longer. We are very thankful to the Aga Khan Foundation for choosing KCCA to work with us in the aspects of health and education. We look forward to a very good partnership where we are going to make a difference in the life of our children”.
Dr. Akim Okuni the Country Director of the Aga Khan Foundation noted that “Early Childhood development in Uganda is characterized by limited access, I thinks it’s between 12% to 15% of the children in Uganda who access Early Childhood education in a formal context, the other is that they are generally poor services and inadequate coordination between service providers in addition to lack of capacity of human resource, so this project in the districts where we shall be implementing this project including KCCA our intension is to tackle some of these issues.”.