Education

Improving education performance in primary schools in Malawi

Community QI teams worked with 20 rural primary schools from Balaka and Mangochi districts to improve termly academic performance of vulnerable children attending primary schools. The teams found that vulnerable children face many barriers...

Improving educational performance of children in Chilore Primary school using quality improvement approaches in Mangochi District, Malawi

A team of community volunteers and government extension workers, with support from USAID, from 16 villages in Namwera, Mangochi District used quality improvement (QI) methods to mobilise four primary schools and their 16 surrounding...

A story of how community teams improved school attendance in Kapsoya, Kenya

Jemimah Owande

Quality Improvement Advisor, OVC, Kenya, USAID ASSIST/URC

One major challenge facing children around the world is access to basic education. The second Millennium Development Goal sets universal primary education as a key target for all nations by 2015. And free primary education was identified as crucial to attaining that goal.

Despite the free primary education policy introduced by the Kenyan government in 2003, many children who should benefit from it are still out of school. One community in Uasin Gishu County—Kapsoya—realizing that their children were not attending school or performing as well as they could, through the quality improvement team, decided to intervene.

Improving services for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda

This short report describes the support USAID ASSIST is providing in Uganda to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and other implementing partners to improve service delivery for vulnerable children by working with...

Improving access to quality education in Nakanyanja Primary School in Mkata area in Mangochi District, Malawi

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a team of government extension workers and community members from five villages in Mangochi District used quality improvement methods to mobilise community...

Improving household food security in Mwanganya area through community involvement in Karonga District, Malawi

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a group of community members agreed to improve their household food security situation during the hunger months with support from a multi-sectoral team of...

Change Package for Quality Improvement in Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programmes in Kenya

This change package was developed following a harvest meeting where quality improvement teams shared the results of what they had successfully implemented over a period of two years since the first improvement team was formed, though...

Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Children in Kenya: Experiences from implementing quality service standards

This document is a compilation of case studies that are aimed at those implementing programmes for orphaned and vulnerable children highlights the impact of implementing the Minimum Service Standards on the lives and wellbeing of...

Minimum Service Standards for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Kenya: Job Aid Booklet

This resource is a job aid booklet for improving the quality of services for orphans and vulnerable children at the community level. The booklet will go through the general principles of the quality service standards, and the eight core...

Community leaders at the helm of improvement

Tiwonge Tracy Moyo

Chief of Party, Malawi, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Most organisations working with communities collaborate with government line ministries at a particular time depending on the type of activity being implemented. What I value in the Blantyre story is the pivotal role the multi-sectoral QI team is performing to improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing at the community level. All the members of the team bring some knowledge, skills and experiences to support young children to thrive in their holistic development.