Within the Learning, Child Development & Social Protection thematic area, VAD is implementing the following interventions;
According to an IFAD study under the Gender Strengthening Programme for Eastern and Southern Africa, done in 2000, illiteracy in Uganda is 55.1% among women, compared with 36.5% among men. Usually, in rural areas the gap is larger and literacy rates are lower. Functional adult literacy programmes in Uganda involve other useful learning besides reading, writing and numeracy skills. Functional literacy may indeed be a powerful tool for empowering poor rural women, particularly if they can apply their new learning and skills. Studies have been carried out that show that linking functional literacy training to credit helps enhance women’s control over income. Furthermore, Basic numeracy is particularly useful for women in managing their agricultural and off-farm enterprises, more so when credit and savings are involved. Experience also shows that men’s illiteracy can restrict women’s chances of literacy. Given the fact that VAD targets both men and women to liberate them from the vicious cycle of poverty, this is an appropriate intervention to complement other interventions.
A Child Holistic integrated learning and development programme was implemented in Wakiso district in the previous strategic plan and shall also be extended to Amuria district. It targets families with children that are between 6-12 years of age. The families are supported with items such as: improved seeds and high yielding animals such as: goats, cows and pigs. The essence of this intervention is to enable the beneficiary households gain access to increased incomes so that they enjoy better livelihoods that translate into better care for the marginalized children. The demand for this intervention is insatiable as was found out by the evaluation team. VAD therefore needs to implement programs that will consolidate gains registered in the past five years.
VAD is to scale up its youth empowerment programme initiated during the implementation of the strategic plan 2013 – 18. This scale up is expected to be designed and programmed to establish relevant linkages to the Government Youth Enterprise Scheme for funding and value addition, to achieve synergy. The key interventions planned for implementation with respect to this effort include the following;
Government of Uganda is implementing the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Post Primary Education and Training (UPPET). Previous studies show that although 94% of Ugandan children enroll in primary schools, as few as 32% complete the final class P7. Ordinarily, UPE and UPPET interventions are good and would encourage improved and increased enrollment and retention although this is not the case. While children enroll in schools, they drop out for various reasons that include among others the following:
In this intervention, VAD will address the above listed challenges though its program linkage of sustainable agriculture where the selected schools will be encouraged and facilitated to grow their own food and consume it. Within this program, VAD will provide schools with improved seed planting materials and trains pupils and teachers in best agronomic practices. It is expected that the schools will harvest this food and consume it as way of promoting good practice for skill transfer to families for livelihood support. In addition, the schools that will grow more food surpluses will be supported to construct food granaries for safe storage of their food.
 FAO, 2000 “IFAD’s Gender Strengthening Program Foe East and southern Africa-Uganda Diagnostic Study”