The U.S. Embassy, Kampala, Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce an open competition to manage a mobile American Space.
The “Nile Explorer” is a large bus decorated in red, white, and blue. It sparks excitement for learning, and particularly STEMS learning, as it travels the country with computers, books, and other educational games and resources. It has been in operation since 2017. This bus travels throughout Uganda, promoting American culture and values while conducting programming for primary and secondary students in four major areas:
- American culture
- A love of reading
- Life skills.
The bus occasionally supports other U.S. mission initiatives like educational advising, limited-duration thematic programs like the 16 Days against Gender-Based Violence, or special events like concerts or festival appearances.
The U.S. Embassy has determined that preventing the spread of HIV and eliminating gender-based violence are priority objectives that should be incorporated into the bus curriculum and activities beginning in 2020.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of this project is to extend the reach of U.S. Mission Uganda’s public diplomacy activities through community outreach programming and engagement. The project objectives/outcomes should include:
- Provide students in remote Uganda with access to educational enrichment, including STEM learning, reading material, computers, and internet.
- Providing useful information to students about American cultural programs, including studying in the United States (life skills, human rights, democracy, peace, leadership, entrepreneurship, and media literacy and access to information.
- Providing students and community members relevant and accurate information about health and safety issues, including preventing HIV transmission, gender-based violence and school violence, malaria, TB, trafficking in persons, and COVID-19, as well as promoting hygiene and nutrition.
- Length of performance period: 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: Up to three awards
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $108,000.
- The primary target audience for this project will be primary and secondary school students, with at least 50% of participants being female. Other audiences to consider are teachers, local government officials, faith leaders, businesses, and civil society leaders, and community members in small towns and villages that do not have access to a public library.
- Project will take place country-wide, with special focus on rural underserved communities that are in greatest need of the information provided by the project. At least 70% of the project should take place outside of Kampala or Uganda’s larger cities and the project activities that take place in larger cities should focus on underserved schools.
- Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
- Public and private educational institutions
- Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328341