Het Uganda project
Stichting Het Bosje is al sinds 2002 betrokken bij verschillende projecten van URDT in Uganda (www.urdt.net), beginnend met het ondersteunen van een middelbare schoolopleiding voor kansarme meisjes. Zij worden in een kostschool-aanpak klaargestoomd om de toekomstige leiders van de verdere ontwikkelingen in dit rurale gebied te worden. Belangrijk onderdeel van de opleiding is het uitvoeren van ontwikkelingsprojecten in de plaatsen van herkomst van de studentes. In 2007 heeft de stichting na een zorgvuldige afweging besloten om ook het vervolg, het oprichten van een rurale universiteit, te steunen. De universiteit is in 2009 van start gegaan.
In 2012 verbreedde de school haar invloed naar een andere school in de regio om daar met vergelijkbare uitgangspunten de basisschool te ondersteunen. Stichting Het Bosje ondersteunt de URDT in deze met een eenmalig bedrag voor het aanschaffen van grond voor de bouw van noodzakelijke accommodatie. Daarnaast heeft de stichting zich garant gesteld voor de aanloopkosten gedurende de eerste 3 jaar.
URDT (Ugunda Rural Development Trust)
In 1987, URDT was founded to address the missing link in development programmes, the merger of: ¹)truly functional education; ²) consciousness and conscience raising; ³) skills training; ´) rural development interventions with the intent of empowering marginalized people living in rural communities in Uganda.
URDT strongly believes that people have the innate power to develop themselves if their capacities are developed. Its programmes are therefore designed to enable individual families develop aspirations which are natured and or refined to concrete visions. People then realize the gap between the desired and the current situation which motivates them to appreciate the need for strategic planning at these various levels. They become committed to their plans and the available resources are put to use strategically. The end result is that change in the community is realized in fulfilment of the URDT strategic mission of enabling the people to create for themselves peace, prosperity, health, freedom and happiness. However to endure change, an individual needs the support of the family and the community at large. Therefore, URDT programmes has an inbuilt mechanism for nurturing the visionary leadership, friendship at the individual, household and community levels. URDT's methodology aims at achieving three main results: ¹) Mastery of the Principles of the Creative Process; ²) the Mastery of Systems Thinking and ³) the Mastery of Sustainable Development.
As a departure from the traditional interventions, which are normally linear and single issue based, URDT promotes integrated rural development, recognizing the interconnections of health, education, financial self-sufficiency, human rights, civic participation and information sharing. Therefore it manages a rural development programme in Kibaale District. Over the years, URDT demonstrated that more powerful results are achieved when people focus on "creating" and working towards a "desired outcome" rather than on "fixing problems". Underpinning community development is the philosophy of Community Learning and building relationships and friendships. The methodology is therefore suitable for rural development interventions, hence an appropriate model for replication.
URDT Girls School (URDTGS)
URDTGS's mission is: "to provide talented and disadvantaged girls in Kibaale District and their homes with transformational and value based education that shapes character and personality and imparts knowledge and skills and creates excellence, prosperity, peace, health, freedom and happiness".
The school uses the 2 generation approach whereby students and their parents learn together, develop a shared vision for their home, analyze their current situation, apply systems thinking, team learning, plan together and learn new skills. Alongside the mandatory national curriculum, the students get 'change agent' training to generate sustainable income, health, family cooperation and peace at home while they study. The students transfer their newly gained skills through back-home projects; educative theatre, workshops and radio programmes. URDT recently adopted a primary and a secondary school to pilot test its 2-generation approach in a community school setting.
URDT Community School Kanywamiyaga (UCSK)
The school's mission is to provide disadvantaged children with relevant primary education that shapes their character and develops their talents to grow up as healthy and responsible citizens. The school aims at academic excellence and functional literacy of the pupils and their parents. Therefore, besides the compulsory curriculum endorsed by the Ministry of Education and Sports, the school is developing a skills-based co-curriculum that aims at improving the standard of living in the pupils homes.
In upper primary students get life skills training, in particular in mastery of the principles of the creative process (visionary life orientation), the mastery of sustainable development and mastery systems thinking. Together with the parents they learn to move from decision making based on events and emotions to understanding the underlying patterns that keep them in poverty and make a shift towards actions and sustainable resource mobilisation based on the life they truly aspire. The school is located in Nyamiti Parish, Muhorro sub-county, Kibaale District.
African Rural University
ARU offers: 1. A four year BSc in Technologies for Rural Transformation, accredited by Uganda's National Council for Higher Education. This is a ground breaking course in rural transformation as a profession. This is different from Development Studies offered by other Universities. Students learn techniques to empower communities in a holistic way. The course offers a one year field practice in close collaboration with communities supported by URDT. 2. A one year Certificate Course in Rural Entrepreneurship and Business Management. Graduates from ARU, the first all-women's university in the East African region, started to work as so called Epicentre Managers, in 16 sub-counties of Kibaale District. As an Epicentre Manager, the ARU graduate continues to be engaged with action research, facilitation of programmes and dissemination of information. ARU, through the Epicentres programme link with URDT, continues to nurture the graduates' research capability as they prepare for postgraduate education and measure their impact as Rural Transformation Specialists(RTS). ARU graduates are now leaders of change in rural communities. Through the URDT epicentre programme the researcher graduates now build networks and relationships for creating collaborative structures and synergy at sub-county level so to generate systemic change in service delivery and rural transformation processes. In August 2015, URDT launched the pupil led school farms project in 16 sub counties and 17 schools. This is a pilot to test a systems change in the education sector, especially in the delivery of entrepreneurship and agricultural training in government aided primary schools.
Stichting Het Bosje ondersteunt deze test fase voor drie jaar en een bezoek in 2016 aan Uganda bevestigde de rapportages dat kinderen in de hoogste klassen van een lagere school goed in staat zijn om, met enige ondersteuning van leraren en locale landbouw-adviseurs, schooltuinen aan te leggen en vele soorten groenten te oogsten, deels om zelf te eten, deels om te verkopen en daarmee inkomsten te genereren.