A new hard-hitting advocacy video highlights the success of a project at a Uganda primary school where students monitored the attendance rates of their instructors to try and reduce teacher absenteeism.

Uganda has the worst teacher absenteeism rate in the world, according to Anslem Wandega, a program manager at African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), which oversaw the project with funding from the Results for Development Institute (R4D) in Washington, D.C.

Following the success of the monitoring project in Uganda’s Iganga school district, ANPPCAN intends to use the video to persuade other school districts to take up the project, Courtney Heck, a senior program associate in R4D’s Transparency and Accountability Program, said.

Uganda has had universal free primary education since 1997.

Tapping student leaders to help address teacher absenteeism in Uganda from Results for Development on Vimeo.


Picture credit: A sign hangs from a tree at the Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Nsambya, on the outskirts of Kampala in this file picture. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez