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Alice Jurugo Drajea 

Thesis Title: 'The  Literacy Practices Among Parents and Families and their Effects on Pupils' Performance, Literacy Skills and Proficiencies: A case of Moyo Primary Schools in Uganda'

Supervisor: Dr Carmel O'Sullivan


Alice J. Drajea (SHS) is affiliated with the religious order of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Uganda with its base in South Sudan. Alice holds a diploma in religious Leadership and Formation and she was head of her order as Provincial for seven years, 1989-2004. She also holds a B.Ed., Rel. Sc. in secondary education from Mater Dei Institute of Education, affiliated to the Pontifical University of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland in 1994. Alice taught English as a second language and Literature in English in Uganda before obtaining an M.Ed. (Honors) in Educational Leadership and Management in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin in 2009. Currently, she is undertaking PhD research in the same university, exploring parents’ literacy levels, and how it influences the education of their children in the Moyo district of North Western Uganda.

Research Interest

Literacy - Educational effectiveness and improvement through literacy in primary and secondary education in development context. Strategies to literacy development to raise educational outcomes for students for whom English is a second language. Educational policies related to language (s) of instruction in multilingual contexts, such as Uganda. Family and children’s welfare for a successful learning and achievement in school.


  • Drajea, J. A., and O’Sullivan, C. (2013) The Influence of Parental Education and Family Income on Children’s Education in Rural Uganda. Unpublished (in review, second stage). Global Education Review, Vol. IV, 2013.
  • Drajea, J. A., O’Sullivan, C., and Leask, M. (2013). Raising educational outcomes through improving literacy: examples from Uganda and Kenya. A chapter contribution in J. O’Meara & A. Cree (Eds.), Pathways to Literate Worlds. Oxford University press, 2014 in press.


  • Drajea, J. A. (March 21st, 2011) Influence of Primary Pupil’s Home Backgrounds on their School Outcomes.  A paper presented at the Centre for Global Development through Education (CGDE): Symposium Showcase at Mary Immaculate College, Tara Building, Limerick, Ireland. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland.
  • Drajea, J. A. (May 17th, 2013) The Influence of Parents’ Education on their Children’s School Achievement in Rural Uganda: Perspectives from Educators.  Paper presentation at ‘All Ireland Doctoral Conference’, University College Dublin (UCD )Ireland.
  • Drajea, J. A. (June 15th, 2013) The Influence of Parents’ Education  on their Children’s Achievement in School in Rural Uganda: Perspectives from Educators.  Paper presented at the PGR 3rd Conference, School of Education in Trinity College Dublin.


  • Drajea, J . A. (5th December 2013) ‘Deconstructing  Weaverbird’s Nest: Early Literacy to Rural Children in Uganda’. TCD Technology and Enterprise Campus, The Tower, Pears Street, Dublin 2.


  • Drajea, J. A. (March 2013) Educators’ Perceptions about the Influence of Parents’ Education  on their Children’s Achievement in Primary School. Paper presentation at the British Education Research Association, Brighton, United Kingdom.



Last updated 24 February 2014