The Good School Toolkit, an 18-month program of activities, has slashed rates of corporal punishment in Ugandan primary schools by 42%. While corporal punishment is illegal in the country, the use of violence by teachers and school staff is entrenched in many schools. The toolkit’s alternatives to corporal punishment provide examples of “positive discipline” for teachers and are part of a broader program to create safe environments, improve school governance, and give pupils a voice in child protection policies.
Many teachers used corporal punishment to discipline their students and required persuading by members of Raising Voices, the developers of the toolkit, to change their methods. Another challenge is in the nature of implementation: the toolkit is not executed by Raising Voices or any external organisation—schools must follow the program and implement its suggestions themselves. Without their explicit commitment to the project, the toolkit is unlikely to work. Now that the toolkit …
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