TEACH FOR UGANDA
This is a non -profit organisation that develops leaders to expand educational oportunities to all children in uganda. At Teach for uganda, they believe that every child in uganda deserves an opportunity of an excellent education. they recruit train and place top university graduates and young proffessionals in high need primary schools across uganda to serve as full time teachers committed to transforming the education outcomes of less previlledged children through significantly improving their achievements and aspirations in a 2year teaching fellowship.
Mayuge, Uganda – Teach For Uganda (TFU) supported by Student ChangeMakers in California, and in partnership with Warchild Holland and the Ministry of Education & Sports has today launched the 1st digital learning site at Isenda Primary School, Mayuge District.
The digital learning site at Isenda is the first of 10 digital learning sites which will impact over 10,000 underserved children in the rural communities of Mayuge and Luweero Districts.
Uganda’s Minister of State for Primary Education Hon. Nansubuga Rosemary Seninde officiated the launch of the digital learning site and reechoed the government’s support towards bridging the digital learning divide in rural Uganda communities.
“The launch of this 1st of the 10 digital learning sites which will impact over 10,000 children in Mayuge and Luweero districts fittingly captures part of the long-term recovery to accelerate the learning of millions of children who were unable to access remote learning during school closures. If anything, the pandemic has shown us beyond the health sphere that “no man is an island”; that we need each other to strengthen our education system and avert an education catastrophe,” Hon. Rosemary Seninde said.
The minister further highlighted the need to invest in digital learning to bridge in Uganda: “I want to appeal to everyone to see the need for urgent investment in programs that bridge the digital divide in our country. If we succeed in doing this, we will be ensuring that all our children get a quality education and are able to fulfill their inherent potential as productive citizens of our country”.
Teach For Uganda and War Child Holland’s partnership makes Isenda Primary School, the second non-refugee school to pilot the Can’t-Wait To Learn digital learning platform. At the launch, Teach For Uganda’s Executive Director Kassaga James Arinaitwe said;
“Today is a monumental day for our country, our children, and for our future. Since the pandemic and the nationwide closure of all schools, our fellows (teacher leaders) who live and work in 33 of these school communities have witnessed firsthand, the negative effects of this pandemic on these communities but most especially on our youth and children. We are launching this digital learning site to bridge the digital divide in learning outcomes as well as introduce basic ICT skills early on to our most disadvantaged children.”
The digital site uses solar energy to power the learning tablets which are pre-installed with War Child Holland’s Can’t-Wait To Learn (CTWL) digital learning platform that translates Uganda’s national curriculum into serious educative gaming which children can play on tablets and learn skills of literacy and numeracy.
Student Changemakers founders, Nate and Simon Cohen, are at the forefront of this digital learning initiative and have been lobbying resources to harness the transformative power of digital learning in rural underserved communities in Uganda.
“As high school students ourselves, we came up with the idea for Student Changemakers while we were out of school, learning on computers, during COVID19. When we reached out to our friends at TFU to see if we could provide solar, hotspots, and tablets to Ugandan villages, we quickly realized how a little help could go a long way — during COVID and beyond. Now, with War Child Holland’s effort to put the primary school curriculum online, we hope this can be the first step to harnessing the transformative power of digital learning and giving thousands of talented Ugandan kids the opportunity to fulfill their educational potential,” Simon & Nate Cohen said.
Warchild Holland’s Education Advisor Grace Kiiria Okia remarked that their education innovations provide an avenue for children to acquire foundational skills required for transition and further educational achievement, and such collaboration and partnerships provide an opportunity to improve literacy and numeracy skills using gaming approach to learning.
“We believe that it is only through such collaborations and partnerships that we can achieve scalability and sustainability of Can’t Wait To Learn (CWTL) Digital Learning Approach across Uganda. Using the CWTL approach, Teach for Uganda will provide many children the opportunity to catch up on lost learning due to the prolonged closure of schools due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Partnership and collaboration provide the opportunity for us to leverage on resources, skills, and expertise of each other and it is the ultimate goal for the achievement of long-term positive impact.”