PROJECTS

Roots to Fruits Christian Curriculum

"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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The Why

After months of visiting other schools and researching more about the Ugandan Education system, it was discovered that the system of education was strictly rote (memorization based on repetition) with the final goal being status on one test.

The Work

While adhering to the requirements of the Uganda National Curriculum, a Christ-centered curriculum has been developed to suit the methodology of building knowledge on knowledge to effectively teach critical thinking and comprehension skills for future learning, which develops a holistically educated child. 

The Impact 

Over 27 schools are using the Roots to Fruits curriculum and the results are astonishing. Teachers have testified to the fruit that has come through child-centered learning. "This curriculum goes above and beyond passing exams. Our students gain lifelong knowledge and skills that are applicable in their daily lives."

Village Learning Centers

 

The Why

Teen pregnancy, child marriage, alcoholism, abuse-all factors in a village without Christ and without quality education. 

The Work

Similar to that of a one-room schoolhouse, our Village Learning Center (VLC) focuses on bringing education to children who would otherwise have no opportunity. The parents of the children provide the buildings, and we provide the education.

The Impact

Once rampant with alcoholism, the people of this area are now thriving as quality education and the love of Jesus have swept across the village. "My children are learning. I can see a positive change in them."

Sanctuary of Grace

 

The Why

An orphanage is what we had originally planned, but when asked what was needed in Ocuka village, the parents desperately responded, "Education." 

The Work

A paradigm shift-from ROTE to holistic education, our teachers have worked hard to provide the pupils of Sanctuary of Grace with an education that will change the trajectory of their lives. 

The Impact

SOG is really where it all began. Out of a need for education in a village where there was none, Roots to Fruits and the Village learning Center were birthed. Today, this is a place of Jesus's love and a holistic education. 

 

As we entered the P4 classroom with the visitor, he introduced himself to the pupils, “I am the RDC of Gulu. Who can tell me what RDC means?”
One of the boys in the front row answered correctly, impressing the whole group.
The RDC continued, “I used to be a teacher, so I am going to ask you some questions.
Who can tell me what we get from the sun?”
Most of the pupils raised their hands, and one of them was selected. Standing up out of respect, he boldly answered, “Photosynthesis!”
There was no confirmation from the RDC, yet he persisted, “I mean, what does the sun provide for us?”
Several children raised their hands, and a girl to his left was selected. She answered less boldly, “Vitamin D.”
Again, he restated the question without confirming the last answer, “When you walk outside, what do you get from the sun?”
No hands this time, only the small voice of one boy, “Heat?”
“Yes! We get warmth from the sun!” confirmed the RDC triumphantly.
 
You see, what the RDC was looking for, our pupils were not giving him. He wanted a memorized answer stored in some part of his brain from years ago. What our pupils gave him was DEPTH.