COVID-19 has not slowed the need to improve educational outcomes in East Africa. If anything, the global emergency has thrown a spotlight on learning disparities in developing nations. The educational professionals and researchers at Luigi Giussani Institute for Higher Education in Uganda (LGIHE) – an AVSI-USA long-term partner – have been working for over a decade to promote teaching methods that unlock the full potential of each learner. “School leaders and teachers are the linchpin to the radical change needed to ignite self-awareness and critical thinking in learners,” said Mauro Giacomazzi, Institutional Development Advisor for LGIHE.
The initiative includes renovating a school field and teaching “Italian soccer” to 350 boys and girls in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kampala. Implemented by AVSI, the project, develops an educational model that promotes soccer as a tool for social inclusion and positive socialization.