Stand Tall Education Network
Who we are
Stand Tall Education Network is a non-profit organization composed of a group of educators and social entrepreneurs from Uganda and Canada that have come together through common goals and shared beliefs regarding education. We believe that the most effective education is one that trains young minds to think independently, make choices, and ask questions – necessary qualities for successful leadership and innovation. Our approach involves interaction between student and teacher rather than the traditional lecture and listen approach, and it includes a strong vocational and creative arts component.
The Stand Tall Primary School Project
Stand Tall Training Center is a unique and innovative primary school that provides its students with an outstanding educational opportunity. The children range in age from 9 – 17 and are placed within 3 levels. The student population consists entirely of children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds whose parents or guardians have not been able to raise the minimum funds required for them to attend public school.
The school charges no fees of any kind and in return expects excellence and a high level of motivation from its participants. Stand Tall has a dedicated computer room for skills and online training.
The classroom environment
Using active learning techniques, the children are expected to participate fully in the learning process. They work at tables in groups, and brainstorm problems and solutions together. They are encouraged to think independently and creatively. The teacher acts as facilitator and uses many techniques to stimulate the learning process – games, physical tasks, drama, art, debates, music, writing, and group work are all methods designed to make the learning process interesting and effective. All teachers at STTC are trained to teach in this manner and regularly scheduled training workshops in a variety of subjects ensure that the teaching staff remains up-to-date and well informed.
The Sponsorship Program
Following the completion of primary 7, we offer two possible streams, each of which is supported through a scholarship fund. One is an academic stream in which students showing the ability and desire are sponsored through secondary school. The other is a vocational stream, which will places students in a vocational school which offers a variety of apprenticeships. Each sponsor is paired with a child with whom they communicate and receive updates on a regular basis.