Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Aleksandra Nesic


This study was premised on the basis that primary education is the basic building block for a good quality of life in adult life. It specifically focuses on community level engagement in primary education. The broad research question of this thesis is how can community level engagement be enhanced to improve performance in primary schools? In order to answer this question, three primary objectives of this thesis were to assess the extent which community members are involved in the educational activities focusing the education in primary schools; to ascertain how community members have been involved in various educational activities, and to propose how can community level engagement can be enhanced to improve performance in primary schools. A case study research design was used in the study, and Oyam district was chosen as the case study to represent northern Uganda. The study used both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. Interview guides were used to generate qualitative data and questionnaires were used to generate quantitative data.

The study findings showed that the level of community involvement is low, that is, only 21.7% of the community members interviewed were involved in school activities. It was established that community level engagement in primary education could be enhanced through sensitization of the community members about the importance of being actively involved in the activities of the school.


Educational Administration and Supervision