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What we do

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Thousands of marginalised children are receiving education with support from Plan and are capable of forming and expressing opinions about matters that affect them.

Plan Uganda's work to improve children's lives is focused on 3 core areas, reflecting the life-cycle of a child.

  • A good start in life: early childhood (under 6 years)
  • The next steps: primary school years (6-12 years)
  • Ready for the future - now: adolescence (over 12 years)

A good start in life: early childhood  (0-5 years)

The interventions under this country programme are rooted to improving early childhood care and development in the communities where Plan Uganda works. Emphasis is in improving primary health care - focusing on prompting good hygiene and sanitation practices in homes, communities, support government immunisation programmes, educating communities on better parenting practices including nutrition, education for mothers and facilitating provision of early childhood care and development services including transition of infants to primary plus strengthening community based child protection mechanisms.

The next steps: primary school years (6-12 years)

The programme seeks to ensure that primary school age going children in Plan supported communities are well nourished, have access to basic health services and use proper sanitation facilities both at home and that school management provide a safer environment for children to effectively learn, socialise and actively participate in school affairs.

Ready for the future - now: adolescence (13-24 years)

This is aimed at preparing young adults to be productive citizens and to meaningfully contribute to societal growth. Major emphasis is put on improving household economic security through improved agricultural production, value chain addition, expanding opportunities for village savings and loan associations and provision of scholarships for vulnerable youth to acquire vocational skills.

A life-cycle of the child programme framework implies that some intervention areas will be mainstreamed, since they are found to be part of all three programmes. Each intervention, however, will be adapted to the particular situation affecting children and youth at the respective stages of their growth and development. It represents a continuum of care and support for children and youth that will better equip them to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and actively engage in the democratic processes.