The Norwegian Teacher Initiative to support Uganda in implementing its National Teacher Policy

Following the approval of its National Teacher Policy (NTP) on 1 April 2019, Uganda is now moving towards the implementation of the NTP with the support of the Norwegian Teacher Initiative (NTI), among others. The NTP will guide the provision of education services in public and non-state private education providers.

Priorities to be supported by NTI in Uganda include regional dissemination of the approved NTP to local education stakeholders including the private and public education providers, initiating the establishment of a National Teacher Council and improving the leadership, management and governance of teacher training institutions, in particular through the development of national guidelines.

Uganda also plans developing an implementation plan for engaging in continuous social and policy dialogue with teacher representatives. In addition, representatives from the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports and from teacher unions are expected to participate in a regional forum on social and policy dialogue, which will be organized under NTI in May 2019 to facilitate the sharing of experiences among the four NTI countries, namely Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda.

Another priority that Uganda has identified under NTI in implementing its NTP is to scale-up the Teacher Management Information System (TMIS), which is a new online web-based platform facilitating teacher registration, recruitment and effective teacher management. The scale-up will consist in training district education officers, head teachers, teachers and municipal education officers in selected regions in order for them to familiarize with the new system and to ultimately increase the rate of teacher’s registration in TMIS.

The project “Strengthening Multi-Partner Cooperation to Support Teacher Policy and Improve Learning”, funded by Norad (the Norwegian Teacher Initiative) aims to strengthen the work that is already being done by many international organizations by improving the coordination and cooperation among key international agencies and partners supporting Governments to realize target SDG 4.c of the Education 2030 framework. Target 4.c aims to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and Small Island Developing States.

NTI involves seven international partner organizations, namely UNESCO as the lead coordinator, Education International, the Global Partnership for Education, the International Labour Organization, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Bank as well as four African countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda.