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2024 – Uganda

Inclusive, Self-Directed E-Learning for Marginalized Ugandan Youth

Partner: Embrace International


Embrace began working in 7 Ugandan primary schools in 2020 through a Fund for Innovation & Transformation (FIT) grant. The research looked at the impact of self-directed E-Learning on educational outcomes for students, with a special focus on girls and children living with a disability (CwDs).

Embrace has been working closely with the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC), located in Fort Portal, Uganda. KCDC provides high quality professional services to disabled children throughout the greater Fort Portal region as well serving numerous other communities through their outreach program to remote Ugandan villages.

In 2023, Embrace expanded the E-Learning project from 7 to 10 schools so that students from the 3 control schools would have access to E-Learning Labs in addition to the 7 intervention school students.

In January 2025, Embrace will expand this project to an additional 5 primary schools, introduce menstrual hygiene workshops, and teach adolescent girls to make their own sanitary pads. Although Embrace conducted Inclusion workshops in 2023 and 2024, this will be expanded to include the students, teachers and administrators of all 15 schools in 2025

Project Objectives:

Goal 1: To improve learning outcomes for approximately 2,000 grade five and six students in 15 target schools, especially girls and CwDs, through the use of self-directed E-Learning labs. Introduce inclusive E-Learning Labs to 5 new schools and continue implementation in10 partner schools.

Goal 2: Increased reproductive health knowledge for young girls especially those with disabilities and improved access to sanitary menstrual materials. Form girls’ clubs.

Goal 3: To promote greater inclusion of students living with disabilities in the classrooms of target schools by conducting Disability Awareness Workshops. These workshops will be attended by all children, teachers, administrators and support stuff in each target school. Participants will be trained on inclusive attitudes & practices, identifying different types of disabilities, how to support children with disabilities, etc.

Why partner with Embrace International

The founders of Embrace International initially set up, with 60 million girls, a pilot E-Learning program in Sierra Leone for adolescent girls in 2012 that was very successful. Embrace transferred that knowledge to Uganda in 2020 and expanded the program to include children living with disabilities (CWDs) by adding educational material specific for different types of disabilities. 60 million girls foundation has partnered with Embrace for many years, first of all researching about the content that could be added to the RACHEL that would be appropriate for children with hearing, visual and intellectual impairments. When Embrace conducted FIT research, the R&D Committee helped design the interview questionnaires that measured self-confidence, intrinsic motivation and educational aspirations of students. In November 2023, 60 million girls partnered with Embrace to conduct an inter-university research conference held at McGill University to disseminate the results of the research about self-directed E-learning based on 60 million girls’ Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) model.