In most developing countries, education policies and quality frameworks are well-defined, but implementation remains a big challenge. In Uganda, only three out of ten children who start the first year of primary, reach the final year (P7). At completion of their school career, more than half of the children do not have the basic proficiencies in reading, maths and even writing. Schools management and teaching staff lack insight into crucial areas of improvement to be able to monitor and strengthen educational performance. In addition, school inspectors have limited time and resources to visit schools and are lacking practical analytical tools to identify the right priority areas of improvement and provide guidance to the schools. Finally, communities and care givers have insufficient voice in school matters and quality issues concerning the education of their children.
The EDU Q-card is an online tool that enables schools to (self)assess their performance in a modelled way. The innovation is based on the Edukans STAR-school model and educational quality improvement approach, that comprises five domains of education quality improvement, with each 8 key indicators, totaling 40 indicators.
The EDU Q-card ensures that schools are assessed in a holistic way (involving teachers, management, parents and communities) and generates School Improvement Plans in which specific actions can be developed towards different actors. Each user can manage its own dashboard and get access to real time, aggregated data on key performance and basic statistics to support decision making and define priority areas of improvement. District authorities and the Ministry of Education and Sports also have an overview on indicators to ensure alignment with local education policies and priorities.
Through the use of the digital social innovation, the project aims at enabling 180 schools with a total of 1,200 primary school teachers and 400 head teachers and deputies to implement School Improvement Plans and improve learning outcomes for 80,000 learners. Two Core Primary Teacher Colleges and 18 inspectors from five District Education Offices will be capacitated for effective school (self) assessment using EDU Q-card digital tool for improved teaching performance.