SEL in Uganda

Building confidence, resilience and wellbeing in adolescent girls and boys in western Uganda

Uganda (Buliisa), 2023-2024, various funders

Link in Uganda is working with the Gender Desk at the Ministry of Education and Sports to develop, deliver and embed Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches across Ugandan schools. This SEL intervention arrives at a crucial time – in Buliisa District alone 1,679 children dropped out of our ten target schools in 2023.

This pilot programme will train senior women and senior men teachers in how to run and manage Teen Clubs for adolescent girls and boys to build their confidence and increase their resilience so they are happy in school and can learn to the best of their abilities.

Key Facts

adolescent girls and boys enrolled
teachers trained in SEL approaches
primary schools
invested in one pilot year

Key activities

  • With government, adapting Link’s 8-session social and emotional learning materials to align with the Ugandan context
  • With government, plan how to most effectively deliver the content via extra-curricular Teen Clubs in primary schools
  • Train senior women, senior men and school leaders in how to deliver the social and emotional learning curriculum in the Teen Clubs
  • Monitor the impact of the Teen Clubs on students’ wellbeing in school
  • Embed social and emotional learning across teachers’ and leader’s classroom practices
  • Amplify voices of disadvantage girls and boys through school talking compound messages generated directly from children.
  • Increase safe reporting and protection of vulnerable boys and girls through confidential safeguarding reporting suggestion boxes.

As a country we have neglected the boys. This time we will include boys in all our SEL activities. Our well-prepared girls end up with unprepared boys and the cycle of violence continues even in marriage

Ms Harriet Senkaali, MoES Gender Desk