In a bid to increase access to primary education, the government of Uganda passed the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Act of 1997. Consequently, enrolment increased from 3.1 million in 1996 to over 8.7 million children in primary school today. However, the increased enrolment numbers were not matched with the number of qualified teachers and schools. This led to a dramatic drop in the quality of teaching and learning nationally. According to a 2016 Twaweza East Africa report, nationally 7 out of 10 (70%) children in primary three to primary seven cannot do primary two work. In primary three, 8 out of 10 ( 80%) cannot read or comprehend a primary two English story, and 4 out of ten (40%) cannot read a single English word. In numeracy, only 3 out 10 (30%) in primary 3 can solve a class two arithmetic problem. The poor quality education problem severely affects the learning outcomes of poor children and entrenches the already marginalized families and communities in a cycle of poverty.
At Teach For Uganda (TFU), we believe that every child in Uganda regardless of their socio-economic background deserves an opportunity of an excellent education. TFU’s innovative approach is to help improve the quality education for all children in Uganda.