Catalyzing REAL Fathers across Uganda for Early Learning and Play

Build A World Of Play Challenge
Impact and Innovations Development Centre (IIDC)

Impact and Innovations Development Centre and partners will teach positive parenting and nonviolent discipline to reinforce positive fatherhood norms, thereby reducing violence and empowering children in Ugandan communities.

Last Updated: December 2022
Competition Participation
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Build A World Of Play Challenge
Early childhood education
  • All Nations Child Development Center
  • Bantwana World Education Initiative
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter
  • Somero Uganda
Current Work Location(s):
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Uganda
  • Uganda
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Men and boys
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality

Executive Summary

Witnessing and experiencing violence impedes children’s healthy development and learning. It inhibits positive relationships, provokes low self-esteem and emotional distress, and can lead to self-harm and aggressive behavior. Communities across Uganda need strategies that simultaneously transform cultures of violence and promote healthy child development.

Responsible, Engaged, And Loving (REAL) Fathers is an evidence-based, community-led mentoring program for fathers of toddler-aged children that teaches positive parenting and nonviolent discipline. The Ugandan government has endorsed the program, and it is ready to be adapted to Uganda’s regional cultures and integrated into the national Early Childhood Development (ECD) system.

Impact and Innovations Development Centre and its partners will:

  1. Adapt and scale REAL to five new sub-regions;
  2. Train community-based ECD resource persons to implement REAL; and
  3. Build local government capacity to monitor and evaluate REAL. These efforts will benefit over one million children and catalyze a positive fatherhood movement throughout Uganda.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Impact and Innovations Development Centre (IIDC)

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Number of Full-time Employees
10 to 25
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million

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