Uwezo, meaning ‘capability’ in Kiswahili, is an initiative in which the competencies of schoolaged children in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are measured to obtain information that encourages changes in educational policy and practice. Uwezo began as a four-year initiative (2009–2013) and it is envisaged that it will run for at least another five-year period (Uwezo, 2011). Uwezo’s goal is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education. Annual household surveys are implemented to assess the basic literacy and numeracy competencies of school age children across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Uwezo believes that this information will raise public awareness about education levels, and will trigger actions aiming to improve them.
ACER (November 2014). Uwezo: Monitoring children’s competencies in East Africa. Assessment GEMs no.7. Melbourne: ACER
Place of Publication
Australian Council for Educational Research
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda