The Quality Educators’ Initiative in Northern Uganda
The Quality Educators Program is an initiative that is aimed at contributing to quality education with focus on educators in terms of professional development and support. The program is a joint initiative between Oxfam Novib (ON) and Educational International (EI) and is coordinated by UNATU), (FAWEU) and LABE) and technically supported by representatives from the relevant departments in the Ministry of Education- Department of Teacher Instruction, Education and Training (TIET), Directorate of Education Standards (DES), National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) and Kyambogo University.
Since 2010 when the program was launched, a number of activities have been implemented and accomplished as indicated below:
- Development of materials such as the Teachers Competence Profile, Life skills handbook. Materials were printed and distributed in the project schools
- Support resource materials (Gender Responsive Pedagogy handbook, Mother Tongue Pedagogical Resource Book, Performance management resource Book, readers for lower primary in the local languages of the project area for the 4 project districts of Guru, Apace, Immolator and Padre
- Training of teachers and providing support supervision in partnership with the Center Coordinating tutors among others.
- Training of head teachers head teacher and their respective School Management Committee Chairpersons in basic performance management concepts. The training took place on 5th October 2013 and over 240 deputy head teachers and 240 school management committee members were trained.
- Training of deputy head teachers, female teacher and male teacher in the use of MTE pedagogy hand book and MSI in the project area (99 teachers- Amolatar, 210 teachers- Apac, 237 teachers-Gulu and 180 teachers- Pader were trained. It was a three day residential training (9th, 10th and 11th December 2013) was conducted
- Carried out monitoring on the use of QE materials in the project area e.g. teacher competence profile and life skills hand book. In this exercise over 84 schools were visited as samples. It was found out that in some schools, the materials were kept in school lockups.