African Revival: LEARN (Learning and Earning through School Gardens)
Summary: The African Revival LEARN Program works in the post-conflict regions of northern Uganda to strengthen school communities by engaging parents in school life and accountability. To achieve this end, the program offers agricultural training and practice to parents and the school within a demonstration garden located at the school. --- The Africa Revival LEARN Program seeks to support communities in Northern Uganda with education and livelihood through agriculture. The program arose from two key needs, the first being free and universal primary education (UPE). This concept led many parents to believe that education is the responsibility of the government, thus they were keen to detach themselves from the responsibility of educati...
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Description of Scale and Reach
This program is a partial replication of a previous African Revival program, Community Empowerment Program, which had successful outcomes but was funded short-term from 2012—2014. The program was also inspired by Farmers of the Future, an EU-funded program that African Revival implemented from 2011-2013. LEARN contains aspects from both programs. It merges the focus of using the garden as an entry-point for parents to their schools from the Community Empowerment Program, while encouraging pupils that agriculture is a viable income earner from Farmers of the Future.