Raising Voices

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Training & Technical Assistance

Our primary platform for providing training and technical assistance is the Violence Prevention Learning Center (VPLC). This is a dynamic space for learning and exchange with Raising Voices partners. Whether the learning is virtual or in person, the center provides holistic training to deepen personal commitment, hone essential skills and build partnerships to help us take the Good School Toolkit to scale across Uganda.

Scaling Up Our Work

Raising Voices is committed to values-driven technical assistance that fosters safe, ethical programming and partnership. Using that lens, our Violence Prevention Learning Center is helping take the Good School Toolkit to scale through three main models:

  • Regional resource persons are trained, skilled individuals supporting schools to implement the Toolkit. Our 40 regional resource persons support approximately 820 of our schools, with each person assigned a manageable number of schools that they support in their specific locations. The regional resource persons provide both in-person and remote support, including training other school staff, conducting action planning and responding to questions along the journey of school implementation.
  • Violence Against Children Prevention Centers are community-based organizations that we have collaborated with over many years. We have encouraged these centers to develop a primary focus on preventing violence against children in schools. These centers also enhance Raising Voices’ presence at the district level by building relationships with leadership and the community. We have most recently worked with three centers—the Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) and Kanaa Foudnation—supporting 180 schools to implement the Toolkit in their districts.
  • Our collaboration with the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports involves expanding the use of Toolkit ideas and activities in 5,000 primary schools across 25 districts nationwide. With the ministry’s support, we hope to scale up to every school in Uganda.
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Building Community

The Peer Learning Network is a vibrant space that provides opportunities for individuals, organizations and government institutions to share and learn from each other to strengthen and sustain Toolkit implementation. Through routine engagements both in person and virtually, our Peer Learning Network reaches over 75,000 children and 15,000 teachers, among other individuals invested in preventing violence against children in schools. For more information on joining, email us!

Enhancing Technical Expertise

We provide ongoing capacity-building for the pool of 40 regional resource persons and for Violence Against Children Prevention Center program staff. This training—which involves in-depth understanding of violence against children, mastery of Good School Toolkit materials and a commitment to best practices for providing technical assistance—is designed both to ensure quality Toolkit implementation and to move toward our vision of a pool of technical experts supporting Toolkit implementation.

Taking the Toolkit Online

As part of continuous capacity-building, we are also introducing online courses and have developed a growing library of digital content to foster capacity-building for stakeholders, including Ministry of Education and Sports staff. We will soon host interested groups in a comprehensive online course on Toolkit implementation, full of engaging video content and real-world scenarios. We have also rolled out a Good School mobile app to support technical assistance providers in building their skills and monitoring work in schools.

Supporting Institutional Change

As part of our advocacy efforts, we have also built the capacity of core staff in the ministry’s Gender Unit related to the Good School Toolkit. This has been mainly through training on core Toolkit ideas and invitations to participate in organized activities, like our media campaign and site visits to schools.

The work of Kaana Foundation is well known. They hold trainings for preventing violence against children [and] as a result, children get their rights and know how best they can get help in case they face violence . . . We are working together—the district, Kaana Foundation, Joy for Children and Raising Voices—for one goal.

District Inspector of Schools, Kabarole, Uganda