Uganda made education a human right for its citizens. In one typical rural district of Uganda almost half of all teachers were absent on any given school day, denying children their right to an education. Instead of blaming teachers and shaming them for laziness, ANPPCAN looked to the children to experiment with a radical solution—training a few student leaders in each school to take attendance of everyone, including teachers. There was no guarantee it would have worked, but the idea was homegrown and as ANPPCAN attempts to bring the program to other districts those roots may grow a new generation of leaders and educators for Uganda. Meanwhile, teacher absenteeism has dropped to ten percent in that first district, due in part to the student leaders.

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