Planís Community-led Action for Children Project Wins Good Practice Award
Plan International and Plan Uganda’s Community-led Action for Children (CLAC) project took home an award at this year’s Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards. The project was selected as second-runner up among ten finalists from 123 submissions. Plan Uganda’s Edison Nsubuga, Education Specialist, was present to accept the award.
The CLAC project demonstrates that Universal Primary Education can be realized through collaborative partnership between education players at family, community, district, and national levels. The project targets disadvantaged, excluded, and marginalized children from high poverty communities and provides holistic early childhood care and development support to children under eight-years-old.
The second United Nations Millennium Development Goal is to achieve Universal Primary Education by ensuring that “by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.” The CLAC project demonstrates Plan’s continued investment in designing and implementing early childhood care and development (ECCD) programs at the community level. ECCD programs support the physical and emotional development of thousands of young children around the world. Initiatives include stimulating children's learning through play, pre-school feeding programs, and adult literacy courses that develop participants' parenting skills. ECCD has a significant impact on children's health and readiness to learn and can bring important economic returns later in life.
The Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards, convened in Mauritius from August 27th to 31st, are held every three years to celebrate and promote new and innovative education projects from across the Commonwealth. Projects must address at least one of eight action areas which range from achieving universal primary education, to eliminating gender disparities in education, to mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on education systems.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that work together toward shared goals in democracy and development. Member countries come from six regions:
- Africa – 19
- Asia – 8
- Americas – 3
- Caribbean – 10
- Europe – 3
- South Pacific – 11
Founded 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.