Working with and through partnerships
LABE works with and through strategic partnerships to increase impact and efficient deployment of resources. The partnerships are with Government line ministries, higher institutions of learning, district local governments, International and National NGOs, communities and CBOs and professional networks.
Work with women and Girls.
Women and girls are most marginalized historically, culturally and some national policies still show tendencies of that marginalization. LABE design projects and programmes aimed at empowering them to enjoy and exploit their full potential.
Districts local Government Councils
Much of LABE programme implementation work takes place in selected District. We enter memoranda of understanding with them stipulating our expectations and roles as well as theirs. The MOUs reflect strong partnership, based on transparency and common objectives. Joint monitoring of our performance in relation to local government aspirations as well as national Goals is enhanced.
Schools constitute our entry point for many projects. We interface with children, teachers, school management committees, Parents and government. The linkages developed are very useful in education campaigns, mother tongue, parenting, HIV/AIDS work and literate environment.
Use locally written materials, monitoring children’s performance in reading; numeracy and writing are all done in the schools.
The ministries are mandated to develop policies. At national level we target specific policies and work with relevant ministries for leverage. We work with multiple ministries as the projects demand. MOES, MGLSD, MAAIF, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, Local Government.
Institutions of Higher learning
We work with Universities and NCDC for their technical mandates in specific arears, research and advocacy.
The networks are very use for campaigns and policy advocacy. We subsc`
LABE campaign target policies that impact on the marginalized sections of the population especially on their rights. We have campaigned for Girls education as a right; we have fully participated in Global education week with other players.
These campaigns are supported by out projects. We are chief campaigners for mother tongue education in the country implementing mother tongue projects in eight districts. Our campaign targeting local financing for girls’ education has seen many districts increased their education budgets and formulate education ordinances and Bye laws in support of Girls education.
Mother Tongue days
Every year in February we mobilize marginalized people, professionals and policy makers to join the rest of the world in recognizing mother tongue. We do challenge policy makers to generate laws and plans that promote education in mother tongue. Displays of improvised education learning and instruction materials are very common. Commitments by all form a basis for monitoring performance in implementation.
We support awareness raising on prevention and referrals for voluntary testing and counseling. Young people are encouraged to open up and discuss sexuality through our targeted projects. We also partner up with other player like straight Talk Uganda to disseminate the voices of the youth on HIV/AIDS and relation ships. All is aimed at ensuring that children can remain healthy and they keep in schools to complete the primary cycle.
We recognize that lack of access to comprehensive adolescent sexual health education services is a contributing factor to school dropout and early pregnancy. Labe works with partners to develop innovative projects that promote communication skills and sharing of information.
Equipped with this information adolescents discover their capacities to contribute to prevention and amelioration of the scourge.
IN POST CONFLICT AREAS
Northern Uganda and West Nile are regions recovering fro more than 20 years of military conflicts. The insurgency which resulted in internal displacement completely destroyed the social services and other infrastructure.
Women, girls and children were disproportionately affected and impacted by the conflicts suffering excessive exploitation and abuse. In order to overcome this LABE works with women groups to counsel and guide the young girls many of whom either married young or dropped out of school due to early pregnancy.
LABE has innovations in programming and methodologies and in delivery. The Family Basic education (FABE) approach has been used to enhance parental and community support and involvement in children’s work. It also engages parents with in the learning system so that they can appreciate the importance of keeping their children in school. FABE enhances parent’s literacy, numeracy and reading and communication for better support in children’s learning processes.
Within FABE other innovations that involve the use ICT where children contribute to their development of their own learning materials have been seen.
Online sharing of teachers improvements in their teaching and sharing lesson plans and other skills are common in LABE.
Use of on line For a and by staff and is making work easier and is getting into the class rooms both for children and Adults. The functioning of new technologies is reflected in the learning materials and exercises.