Youth Advocacy for quality Education, ODW Project-Northern Uganda.

Operation Days Work (ODW) project is an initiative by youth in Norway to raise funds to support youth with Disabilities of school going age (13-23 years) in six developing countries in Africa through promotion of quality education

The partners involved in running the project in Uganda are; Uganda National Association of the Deaf(UNAD), National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda(NUDIPU) and Uganda National Association of the Blind(UNAB). UNAB on its part runs the project in a total of ten schools in six districts in northern Uganda i.e ;
a.) Arua District; Ediofe girls P7 School, Mvara Secondary School, and Arua demonstration P7 School 2.
b.) Nebbi District; Angaal Girls P7 School and Pajobe P7School
c.) Moyo District; Moyo Girls P7 School
d.) Gulu District; Gulu P7School, Gulu High Secondary School
e.) Lira District; Ngetta Girls P7 School
f.) Apac District; Ikwera P7 School.

The main project objectives are;
1) Increasing access to Education for Blind and partially sighted (BPS) boys and girls and functional communication between their family members and the general Public.
2) Improving the quality in teaching, learning and school facilities targeting blind and partially sighted (BPS) students in schools.
3) Training BPS girls and boys in relevant skills for independent living
4) Empowering BPS girls and boys to demand for their rights.

Highlights of project results include;
1) Schools in Northern Uganda serve more BPS in the target areas.
2) Parents, school management and Government are aware of their roles with positive attitude and practice towards improvement of quality of Education of visually impaired young persons in Uganda.
3) More special needs Education teachers and Perkins repair technicians assigned to schools that lack or have shortage of SNE teachers/Perkins repair technicians.
4) Accessible environments for Blind and partially sighted students in Northern Uganda.
5) Increased enrolment of Blind and partially sighted students in schools.
6) Wider public awareness on education needs, challenges and potentials of blind youth are created.

A few of the major activities for project implementation are;
1) Provision of learning equipment and materials.
2) Trainings.
3) Awareness campaigns through media.
4) Lobby meetings to influence attitudes, Policies and budgets.
5) Exchange visits.
6) Promotion of sports and games for the blind
7) Peer Education.