Uganda Expedition 2019: Cliffs notes' version

Our 20-person team of researchers and volunteers embarked on our most ambitious and far-reaching project to date in collaboration with the Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister and the UNHCR. We are proud to have accomplished each of our goals and to have solidified these partnerships in order to scale and enhance our impact throughout Ugandan Refugee Settlements in the coming years.

View aerial footage of the completed BrightBox Macro at Twajiji Primary School.

The BrightBox classroom can provide electricity for lighting and projector use, as well as Wifi access to the TWSB offline curriculum for the surrounding classroom blocks!

During our time in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, we installed a BrightBox Macro at Twajiji Primary School located in Zone 1, which is now supporting 4,100 students' education and literacy. The past 6 months of teacher training by TWSB's local coordinators have made it easy for Twajiji teachers to already incorporate the TWSB curriculum and Simbi in their classroom. In addition, the Macro provides power to nearby classroom blocks ensuring that those classes now have lighting and electricity to enable projector use during class time, changing the teacher-to-student ratio from 1:262 to 1:1.

Twajiji Students from South Sudan listening to South Sudanese accents while learning to read with Simbi!

Twajiji Students from South Sudan listening to South Sudanese accents while learning to read with Simbi!

We installed two BrightBox Micro Learning Labs at Alaba Primary School in Zone 2 and Yoyo Secondary School in Zone 3, currently supporting over 10,000 students with access to enhanced literacy and curriculum resources.

TWSB Uganda Technology Coordinator, Sadati Mulilo. training Alaba Primary School teachers on the resources available in the BrightBox Micro.

TWSB Uganda Technology Coordinator, Sadati Mulilo. training Alaba Primary School teachers on the resources available in the BrightBox Micro.

TWSB Volunteer, Alex Gillis, training Twajiji Primary School teachers on navigating the TWSB curriculum.

TWSB Volunteer, Alex Gillis, training Twajiji Primary School teachers on navigating the TWSB curriculum.

We launched our largest Randomized Control Trial to date, in order to assess the impact of our curriculum and literacy intervention, proudly in collaboration with the UNHCR, National Geographic, and Simbi.

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TWSB Volunteers, Miles Singh and Emma Thompson, conducting literacy testing with Twajiji Primary School Students.

We initiated a Pilot Bike Share program with a test fleet of 20 bikes.

Twajiji Primary School students selected to participate in the TWSB Bike Share Program, selected based on distance from school, attendance, and academic performance.,

Twajiji Primary School students selected to participate in the TWSB Bike Share Program, selected based on distance from school, attendance, and academic performance.,

We conducted a Gender-based Analysis to ensure the prioritization and equality of girls and women in our interventions as we continue to work with communities in Bidibidi. Click here to read on TWSB Researcher, Rebecca Barron's self-reflection on conducting these sessions.

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Women from the Twajiji Community participating in a Focus group to discuss the most prominent issues they face in the settlement, led by TWSB Researchers, Emma Thompson and Rebecca Barron.

TWSB Director of Operation, Ran Sommer, leading a workshop between TWSB Volunteers and Village Health Teamworkers, refugees who volunteer with    CRADLE    in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.      And importantly, we made friendships and connections between TWSB's implementing staff, volunteers and researchers, and the committed, driven and ambitious South Sudanese refugees in the Bidibidi settlement.

TWSB Director of Operation, Ran Sommer, leading a workshop between TWSB Volunteers and Village Health Teamworkers, refugees who volunteer with CRADLE in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement.

And importantly, we made friendships and connections between TWSB's implementing staff, volunteers and researchers, and the committed, driven and ambitious South Sudanese refugees in the Bidibidi settlement.