Dubai Cares launches three-year teacher training programme in UgandaOctober 9, 2017, 3:10 pm GMT
Dubai Cares has launched a three-year programme to enhance the skills of 17,000 teachers in Uganda.
The programme titled 'Teacher Changemaker', aims to increase teacher motivation, improve teaching practice, and enhance student learning in addition to rebuilding the teaching profession and improving learning levels for students in Uganda.
The AED 4.47 million (US$ 1.2 million) programme, launched in partnership with Schools and Teachers Innovating for Results (STIR), will indirectly benefit over 988,000 students across Uganda and enhance their learning outcomes in the long-term.250 million children of primary school age around the world cannot read or write, with the shortage of qualified teachers being a major contributing factor. Around 25% of Ugandan teachers are absent on any given day, and less than 50% of their time is spent on teaching. Based on research, Ugandan teachers lack the right support system to improve quality of teaching in classrooms, hence, they feel demotivated.
The Teacher Changemaker programme aims at forming teacher networks or active communities of local teachers to exchange skills and knowledge, which is essential to developing the educational system and enhancing the existing learning environment.
Dubai Cares CEO Tariq Al Gurg commented: "At Dubai Cares, we believe that improved teacher motivation leads to more effective teaching practice, which in turn, results in better learning outcomes among students. With the launch of the Teacher Changemaker programme, we aim to bring back the intrinsic motivation of teaching to Uganda by building a mass teacher-led movement for change from within the existing system. Supporting motivated, skillful and influential practitioners will certainly create motivated and influential future leaders."
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