Climate change is a global challenge that poses serious threats to the environment and livelihoods of people in Uganda. The districts of Mayuge, Namutumba, and Kayunga are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, floods, landslides, and diseases. However, there is a lack of awareness and education on climate change issues and solutions among the students, teachers, and community members in these districts.
Teach for Uganda, in collaboration with local stakeholders, has initiated the Climate Education and Leadership Project (CEL) to address these pressing concerns. Our goal is to raise awareness about climate change, foster environmental stewardship, and empower students, teachers, and community members to become climate change agents. By integrating climate concepts into the educational system, the project aims to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to take collective green action and create a sustainable future for the districts.
Awareness and Education: Through interactive and engaging learning experiences, we aim to promote a deeper understanding of climate change, its causes, and consequences among students, teachers, and the broader community.
Behaviour Change: We believe that educating the youth can drive change. CEL encourages positive Behavioral shifts towards more sustainable practices.
Community Engagement: By engaging schools, district authorities, and local communities, we aim to create a culture of environmental consciousness.
The Climate Education and Leadership Project (CEL) is not just an educational initiative; it’s a movement towards a greener, more sustainable future. Together, we can foster environmental awareness, inspire change, and build a network of climate change champions who are committed to preserving our planet for generations to come.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education system in Uganda, especially in rural and under-served areas where access to digital learning resources is limited or non-existent. Many students have been out of school for months or years, resulting in learning loss and increased inequalities. To address this challenge, Teach for Uganda has launched the Future of Education (Digital Learning Project) to support accelerated learning outcomes and bridge the digital divide between urban and rural learners.
The project aims to provide digital learning opportunities to students in 40+ rural and under-served UPE schools in Mayuge , Namutumba, Kayunga, Bugiri and Namayingo Districts in Eastern and Central Uganda. The project equips each school with tablets that contain pre-loaded educational content aligned with the national curriculum, solar kit, Bluetooth portable speaker, and projectors. The project also trains teachers on how to facilitate learning using digital tools and provides continuous mentoring and support.
Access and Quality: The project seeks to increase access and quality of education for rural and under-served students by providing them with digital learning devices that enhance their learning experience and motivation.
Skills Development: The project seeks to develop 21st century skills among students, such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, digital literacy, and problem-solving.
Teacher Empowerment: The project seeks to empower teachers by enhancing their pedagogical skills and confidence in using digital tools for teaching and learning.
Financial literacy is an essential skill for personal and professional development. However, many girls in rural Uganda lack access to financial education and opportunities due to poverty, gender discrimination, social norms, and cultural barriers. As a result, they face challenges such as low self-esteem, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and limited career prospects. To address this issue, Teach for Uganda has partnered with Credit Suisse, a global financial services firm, to provide financial education to girls in rural Ugandan public schools.
The Financial Education project aims to provide relevant and timely financial literacy skills to girls in 33 rural Ugandan public schools in Kayunga and Mayuge. The project covers topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, entrepreneurship, and career planning. The project uses a participatory and learner-centred approach that engages girls in interactive and fun activities, such as games, role plays, simulations, and group discussions.
Knowledge and Attitude: The project seeks to increase the knowledge and attitude of girls towards financial matters. .
Behaviour and Practice: The project seeks to influence the behaviour and practice of girls in relation to financial matters.
Empowerment and Impact: The project seeks to empower girls and create a positive impact on their lives and communities. The project aims to improve the self-esteem, agency, and leadership of girls, as well as their academic performance, health outcomes, and social well-being.
The Financial Education project is not just an educational program; it’s an empowerment opportunity for rural girls. Together, we can equip them with the financial literacy skills they need to achieve their dreams and become agents of change in their communities.