Preparation for Social Action (PSA)

The Preparation for Social Action (PSA) program seeks to empower youth by making math, science, language, community development, and technology applicable to their everyday lives. Its curriculum is both theoretical and action-oriented, integrating study with community-building activities. To date, PSA has reached over 500 community members.
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Year launched: 
2007
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Kimanya-Ngeyo Foundation for Science and Education

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Jinja, Buikwe, and Kamuli
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In 2007, the Kimanya-Ngeyo Foundation for Science and Education adopted the Program for Social Action (PSA) to support secondary students in Uganda. The program seeks to develop the capacity of youth to participate in the generation, application, and dissemination of knowledge within their communities. PSA operates  within the Jinja, Buikwe, and Kamuli districts where its staff trains local tutors and recruits communities of interest for the program. In exchange for its services, communities provide PSA with meeting spaces where students gather five days a week for approximately three hours per day. Over the course of two years, students pay a tuition fee of $18 USD which is invested back into program activities.

The PSA methodology is tutorial-based - integrating both theoretical and action-based components. Its theoretical core consists of a series of eighteen textbooks that focus on math, science, and technology. So that concepts appear less abstract, this material is applied to community-building activities in the fields of agriculture, environmental sustainability, heath, and early childhood development. For example, when analyzing spreadsheets, students apply mathematical data to help local businesses. Similarly, when learning about science and technology, students apply content to local agriculture. While the PSA curriculum focuses on math and science, language lessons are also offered to help students refine everyday communication skills.

Over the years, the program has diversified its target audience. Initially PSA engaged only out-of-school children. However, implementers realized that low-performing students could also benefit from their curriculum. Specifically, they found that by supplementing traditional class time with PSA pedagogy, students gain confidence in their understanding of science, math, and language concepts and learning becomes more relevant to their daily lives. In addition to youth, PSA now reaches out to teachers who seek to improve their instructional methods.

The Program for Social Action (PSA) was originally developed by The Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences (FUNDAEC) in the 1970s. Its success in rural communities throughout Colombia sparked the interest of the international community and its curriculum has since been re-written to suit a global audience. In its early years, the Kimanya-Ngeyo Foundation received direct support from FUNDAEC in the form of startup costs, learning materials, and tutor training.