27.04.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Uganda Education Stakeholders validate the Country Mapping of Teacher Initiatives Report

One of plenary sessions of validation workshop(c) UNESCO

Last year in November, working with a local consultant, UNESCO commissioned a country mapping exercise of the different teacher initiatives that are ongoing in the country. The purpose of mapping exercise was guided by three (3) objectives: i) To identify key areas where more attention is needed to inform the development of the country strategic planning on teachers, ii) To collectively document teacher issues for avoidance of duplication of the already existing interventions at different levels, iii) To identify existing gaps in teacher education policies, plans and other reviewed studies and provide recommendations. Using qualitative methods, the consultant undertook literature review of relevant documents available, field work by conducting intuitional site visits and conducted interviews and consultations with stakeholders.

From 15 – 17 April, 2018, UNESCO under the NTI project and in close collaboration with the ministry of education, convened a two-day meeting of education stakeholders and partners in Uganda to review, discuss and validate the country mapping report. The validation workshop was held at Entebbe Botanical Resort Hotel, about 40 km out of the capital Kampala.

In her opening remarks, the Secretary General of UNAtCOM, Mrs. Rosie Agoi noted that effective teacher management is essential to the success of any education system because teachers strongly influence the quality of education that learners receive at school and eventually the learning outcomes. She further noted that Uganda continues to experience significant bottlenecks in delivering quality education because of the low competence levels of her teachers. UNESCO’s operational response through the NTI project and other education projects will give us significant progress in closing gaps in teachers' performance, ensuring equitable allocation of teachers, their training and appropriate management, plus addressing the needs of the marginalized teachers such as those in crisis areas. I am sure the country mapping exercise, as we shall see in the course of the two days, bring to like the different initiatives targeting teachers. I implore you, the actors to make use of this information to build synergies among these initiatives so that we can realize the SDG 4, with a special focus on target c.

The country mapping exercise identified a number of initiatives targeting teachers that are ongoing, supported by various partners. These include among others initiatives supported by multilateral partners (EDPs) through budget support and led by the ministry of education and sports such as the development of a teacher social dialogue framework, development of teacher incentive framework and the development of the teacher continuous professional development framework. Teacher unions and federations and civil society organizations are also leading some teacher initiatives such as capacity building and continuous professional development; lobbying and advocacy for better working conditions for teachers.

In addition to discussing and reviewing the findings of the country mapping exercise, the workshop also discussed and reviewed four important elements of the teaching profession – the draft competency profile for head teachers and teacher educators, quality assurance framework for initial teacher education in Uganda, competency profile for head teachers of primary and secondary schools in Uganda and competency profile for teacher educators in higher institutions of learning in Uganda.

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