We’re thrilled to welcome Teach For All’s newest partner, Teach For Uganda, to the global network. Co-founded and led by CEO James Kassaga Arinaitwe and Chief of Programs Charlotte I. Nsengiyumva, Teach For Uganda is the network’s 46th partner and its first in East Africa.
For decades, Ugandan children’s economic background has determined their educational outcomes and prospects in life. Poorer children are seven times more likely to drop out of primary school than their wealthier peers, and out of the millions of children who enroll in every primary school cycle, 70% drop out by primary 7 (seventh grade). While the passing of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Program increased enrollment from 3.1 million in 1996 to 8.4 million in 2015, government and independent reports suggest that there has been a significant drop in the quality of education children receive, particularly in rural public schools.
To address these challenges, Teach For Uganda is working to support and promote quality education for all children in Uganda by building a movement of leaders inside and outside of the education sector. In the near term, Teach For Uganda recruits and develops the country’s promising future leaders to teach for at least two years in under-resourced communities and classrooms to drastically improve quality of learning and school leadership, and support existing teachers and school leaders to ensure each child fulfills their potential. In the long term, this teaching and community leadership experience will lead to an alumni movement of veteran educators, school leaders, local government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and private sector leaders who are working collectively as determined advocates for education excellence and equity for all children in Uganda.
Teach For Uganda has recently concluded the recruitment and selection of its first cohort of close to 30 Fellows who will be placed in 15 government selected high-need schools in the Luwero district in February 2018 to impact the learning outcomes of 4,500 low-income students. A former conflict region where 20% of all children are orphaned or vulnerable, Luwero, in the Central Region of Uganda, has experienced socio-economic challenges, such as internal migration and persistent poverty, that have made attracting and retaining quality teachers difficult in the district.
The Teach For All network warmly welcomes Teach For Uganda and looks forward to learning from and with its staff, fellows, students, and alumni for many years to come.