- Advocacy for quality tools, resources and environments (both living and working) for teachers
The quality of public education largely depends on the teacher having the right mix of knowledge and skills and applying those skills in a conducive teaching environment. In the 21st Century with high levels of technology and dynamic teaching environment, it is important that teachers continually upgrade and acquire skills that make them relevant and appropriate for the sector. The current status is such that teachers have less access to skills development and there are hardly any schemes that teachers can access for skills development except those that are self-funded.
UNATU believes it’s the right time to champion for government and development partners to develop skills development programmes for teachers especially to equip teachers with the 21st century skills. UNATU through an advocacy strategy will call on government to develop and improve on programmes for teacher education.
- Advocate for legal frameworks, institutions, spaces and processes for social dialogue
Within the education sector, social dialogue is a vital component in achieving the objective of quality education for all. Teachers are the persons most responsible for implementing education reforms and without their full involvement in key aspects of educational objectives and policies, the objectives may not be obtained or often fall short of their goal as can be witnessed in Uganda’s average performance in terms of learning outcomes.
The 1966 Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers also stresses the importance of consultation and negotiation with teachers as a way of improving their performance and effectiveness. The process of social dialogue shows that teachers’ opinions matter which in itself is a motivation factor for better performance.
In the next five years, UNATU plans to build capacity of partners and the Union to conduct social dialogues, conduct social dialogues at different levels, develop and strengthen partnerships and mutual trust between social partners in the education sector and conduct studies relevant to social dialogue for learning and policy advocacy
- Conduct research and policy analysis for evidence based advocacy
Evidence based policy advocacy has proven as one of the best strategies to engage government to ensure reforms in the policy environment. Many issues today in the education sector require reforms but this is possible if stakeholders such as UNATU can develop evidence based engagements. UNATU believes it is through undertaking policy research and developing credible evidence that then the advocacy processes can be able to bring about the desired change in government on the provision of services to the teacher. In the next five years UNATU will undertake demand driven policy research and conduct national level dialogues to influence policy and legal reforms so as to improve on the teaching and learning environment.