About Us

We are a nationwide movement of solution driven leaders working to end education inequity in Uganda. Teach For Uganda exists to break the cycle of poverty by expanding educational opportunities to all children in Uganda. We hire promising university graduates and equip them with teaching and leadership skills to effect change in underserved classrooms across the country.

Our Core Values

  • Children first; we put children at the center of everything we do and we work tirelessly to provide for them meaningful experiences that allow them to realize their fullest potential.

  • Sense of possibility; we believe that nothing is impossible and we work hard to achieve our goals above and beyond what is expected of us.

  • Constantly learning; it’s only through learning that growth is achieved. We encourage reflection and appreciate feedback as a practice, constantly search for new knowledge from books, research and articles to deepen our understanding and bring innovation to various aspects of our work.

  • Humility and respect; we treat each other with dignity and respect, appreciate each other’s strengths, perceptions and experiences and acknowledge our own limitations. We value our relationship with communities, leaders, schools and parents and constantly engage them to advance our work of providing an excellent education to all children.

  • Teamwork; we support and challenge one another, work cooperatively with enthusiasm and appreciation, respect each other’s views and make our work environment fun and enjoyable.

History Of The Problem

For decades in Uganda, children’s economic backgrounds have determined their educational outcomes and prospects in life. Poor and majority of Uganda’s children are 7 times more likely to drop out before completing primary school than their wealthier counterparts. Even when great teaching and mentorship have the power to bridge the gap between poverty and educational success, today brilliant and young Ugandan graduates rarely go into teaching as their first choice. This is due to decades of stigma associated with teaching as a low-paying profession, and one that lacks any professional development. As a result, rural and poor communities continue to attract under qualified teachers, little private and public resources, leading to the alarming 70% dropout rates of all enrolled pupils before secondary school. To fundamentally change this trend in the short, medium and long term, TFU equips a new breed of graduates and young professionals with the mindsets and skills to teach for 2 years in underserved communities and classrooms. TFU fellows work hand in hand with the school leadership and existing teachers, to dramatically transform the learning outcomes of all children in poor schools, while developing the experience and leadership skills to become long life advocates for education excellence and equity.

70% of children who enroll in primary school drop out before primary school completion
7 out of 10 grade 3-7 students can’t read a grade 2 English story and can’t do a grade 2 division
80% grade 3 students can’t read and understand a grade 2 English story
7 out of 10 grade 3 students can’t do a grade 2 division
50 out of 100 grade 3-7 students in rural areas are unable to pass a grade 2 level division
65% of grade 3-7 students in rural areas are not able to read and understand a grade 2 level English story
2 out 10 grade 7 students can’t read and understand a grade 2 English story

Our Partners & Supporters

We are deeply grateful to our early stage partners and supporters with whom this vision is possible.

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