Raising Voices developed the Good School Toolkit for primary schools over four years through an iterative and consultative process involving six Ugandan primary schools.
The Toolkit is currently in its third edition, with an adaptation completed for use in secondary schools and another underway—Good School Toolkit Agile—for an abbreviated introduction to core concepts.
Through engaging school-level activities, leadership workshops, and user-friendly tools and materials, the Toolkit aims to change a school’s operational culture. The ultimate goal? To prevent violence against children by enhancing their experience of school.
A rigorous evaluation through a randomized controlled trial—the Good School Study—showed that the Toolkit reduced children’s risk of experiencing physical violence by school staff by 42 percent over 18 months of implementation. Bolstered by this evidence, the Toolkit is currently being rolled out at scale in Uganda in 23 districts, with Raising Voices supporting more than 1,000 primary schools.
The Government of Uganda has distributed Toolkit materials to more than 5,000 schools nationwide. Raising Voices supports these scale-up efforts through relationships with local governments within districts where the Toolkit is being distributed, as well as through dialogues with schools, governments and international partners interested in using or adapting the Toolkit.
What is a “good school”? We believe it’s one with good teachers who increase student confidence and success, a learning environment that is safe and respectful, and a transparent, accountable administration. Our stepwise approach involves the entire ecosystem, including the parents and community members surrounding the school.
Every version of the Good School Toolkit involves six distinct steps that engage the entire school, with additional content created for Good School Toolkit Secondary.
The Toolkit also includes a collection of illustrated stories that introduce what it means to create a good school. Note that Booklet’s 5, 6 and 7 introduce more nuanced content that we developed for secondary schools only:
A collection of drawings in the Toolkit highlight the qualities of a good school:
The Good School Toolkit isn’t a curriculum; it’s a process for creating violence-free schools. It breaks down what needs to happen into six steps that can be implemented by teachers, students and other stakeholders at schools. The Toolkit describes ideas, provides tools, suggests activities and helps you assess how you are progressing.
You can use it in your own way, at your own pace. If you need help using these ideas in your program or at your school, reach out to us!See All FAQs
The Good School Toolkit is available for free use by any school or organization for nonprofit purposes. We believe this is important to build the field of violence prevention and to support positive social change.
However, if you are part of an international organization or if you are planning to use the Toolkit in a large-scale program, we ask for your commitment to ensuring child safeguarding and ethical use before materials are downloaded and used. Please reach out!See All FAQs
The Good School Toolkit was originally developed for primary schools. We have since adapted it for secondary schools. We are also developing a version for implementation at scale, and others have adapted the Toolkit for implementation in diverse settings, such as for refugee settlements.See All FAQs
Yes! Raising Voices partners with organizations in Uganda and beyond. This includes providing ongoing technical assistance in which organizations interested in using the Toolkit go through the training together and receive remote and on-site technical support over the length of the program.See All FAQs
Raising Voices does not conduct one-off training for individual organizations, as we have found this to be ineffective, costly and unsustainable. If you are interested in participating in a Toolkit training alongside other partners, please contact us. Online training courses will soon be available to the public as well.
We are also happy to have an initial discussion after you have reviewed the Toolkit materials to help determine if the process is right for your organization, as well as provide technical assistance during implementation.See All FAQs
Raising Voices is not a funding agency. We are unable to provide funds for Toolkit implementation.See All FAQs
The Good School Toolkit can be used as a library of ideas on how to work on preventing violence against children at school. Do bear in mind that in our experience, several things are needed for sustainable change to emerge: You have to engage the whole school, and the process has to be long enough for people to learn and grow into the new way of running their school. Your intervention should also address the school’s operational culture.See All FAQs
As with any change process, the impact will vary based on how you implement the intervention, the school’s motivation for and openness to preventing violence against children, the structural and political support from education policymakers and other contextual factors. However, the Good School Toolkit has been rigorously evaluated to assess its impact in schools.See All FAQs
Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Centre has approved the Toolkit’s use in the country’s academic institutions. The approval process involved a rigorous review of the Toolkit’s methodology and materials, and the experience could help guide future national-level approval as the Toolkit’s use expands globally.See All FAQs