Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica) is a UK-based charity that collaborates with Kenyan and Ugandan public schools by providing partner schools with financial support and project workers (UK students) for 10 weeks. EPAfrica volunteers have to raise approximately £2000 before traveling to the country. They then invest the money in the school by training teachers, teaching school administrators about finances and leadership, and providing the school with a library and lab with equipment. In the first two weeks, volunteers evaluate each school's particular needs and decide how to spend the money during their 10-week stay.
The project workers also help implement programs that focus on health and gender issues in addition to organizing extracurricular activities. EPAfrica's post-secondary program features local college visits, speakers to discuss job opportunities and careers, and counseling to help graduates succeed in the workforce.
Thanks to extra money raised by EPAfrica, volunteer project workers can now apply on behalf of partner schools for additional funding from three central pots reserved for electricity, water, and health issues.
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CEI approaches in action
Schools apply for EPA support and are selected based on several criteria including: a receptive school staff, lack of resources, community support, and only a basic level of infrastructure.
250 UK volunteers have participated so far
EPAfrica started as an organization sending volunteers to East Africa to teach in schools and then return home, but soon identified this approach to be unsustainable and altered their approach to focus on resource investment. EPAfrica originally operated in a town called Kisii before expanding to Kakamega in 2011 and to Uganda in 2013. More universities are currently being added to the potential list of project workers.
EPAfrica's main plans for future growth revolve around expansion to Uganda as well as increasing extra funds for central pots.
Monitoring & Evaluation
EPAfrica has its own monitoring team that tracks standardized monitoring measures. Additionally, project workers are allowed to undertake research projects that fall within the guidelines of monitoring and evaluation.