VIDEO: Tapping student leaders to help address teacher absenteeism in Uganda

Uganda made education a human right for its citizens. In one typical rural district of Uganda almost half of all teachers were absent on any given school day, denying children their right to an education.

Instead of blaming teachers and shaming them for laziness, ANPPCAN looked to the children to experiment with a radical solution—training a few student leaders in each school to take attendance of everyone, including teachers.

There was no guarantee it would have worked, but the idea was homegrown and as ANPPCAN attempts to bring the program to other districts those roots may grow a new generation of leaders and educators for Uganda. Meanwhile, teacher absenteeism has dropped to ten percent in that first district, due in part to the student leaders.

Check out the video above about ANPPCAN's student program, the second of R4D's three-part June video series on Transparency & Accountability Program participants.

Stay tuned next week to learn about the work of another TAP participant that is bringing supply-chain issues to the attention of the Ugandan Government's free medicines distribution service.

Click here to watch the first video in the series, on a mobile-phone-based solution to reduce health worker absenteeism in one Indian town.

Click here to learn more about R4D's June video series.

Oscar Abello is senior program associate for communications at R4D.