Roots to Rise Community

Safe, small group learning to overcome the learning crisis.

Delivering Roots to Rise where it's most needed

Developed to address the longest COVID-19 school closure in the world, Roots to Rise Community camps bring our proven Roots to Rise literacy and numeracy curriculum directly to last-mile learners, at home and in their communities.

While schools remained closed, our Fellows and CEVs led outdoor, activity-based lessons for small groups of learners in villages throughout Uganda, in observance of all government COVID-19 prevention measures.

Targeted instruction during a learning crisis

Community camps were the only education many rural learners received from March 2020 until January 2022. By assessing student comprehension of basic literacy and numeracy and grouping them according to ability, our facilitators provided targeted instruction through engaging activities, and ultimately observed improvements in student comprehension of foundational literacy and numeracy concepts.

“It takes a village to raise a child. This learning crisis is too large to be managed by teachers alone. We’ve made a case that parents, village leaders, and Community Education Volunteers have a role to play in the education of children.”

—Edward Munyaneza, Roots to Rise Program Manager

Roots to Rise taking hold throughout Uganda

Now that schools have re-opened, our Fellows and Community Education Volunteers are working with school leadership and teachers to host Roots to Rise camps in classrooms across the country.


Roots to Rise Community camps in 2024


Learners enrolled in Roots to Rise Community camps in 2024


of Roots to Rise learners in 2023 improved at least one learning level in literacy or numeracy

“These camps were the only way that our children had been academically engaged for months, and they brought immense joy to the learners and their families. It was incredible to see the children, some of whom had forgotten how to even read the alphabet, improve each day in their reading comprehension and begin writing basic sentences.”

—Sadaat, Community Education Volunteer

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