MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type



College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA


Education is a universal right because it determines a person’s future. Education is becoming more important as the youth population continues to increase exponentially in sub-Saharan Africa. Current research shows that the international community needs to focus on the education sector to improve development. One type of education proven to aid in low-resource countries is non-formal education because it is flexible enough to fit the needs of students in communities. Youth empowerment has become a popular method for non-formal education because of its ability to transform a community. Uganda is a developing country with one of the largest youth populations in the world and education is lagging to improve quality of life. The project in this study will discover if non-formal education can become a solution for increasing the quality of education at Musana Nursery and Primary School by having a flexible afterschool program curriculum catered to students’ needs as they continue their education pathway.