The Teach For Uganda fellowship is a teaching as leadership development program that equips fellows with hands-on leadership and pedagogical skills to become effective teachers and lifelong leaders who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve. Fellows transform their classrooms by setting high expectations for their students, and maintaining a culture of high academic achievement to increase learning outcomes thus helping students fulfill their potential.
As they serve in these communities, fellows gain a deeper understanding of educational inequity and how it perpetuates poverty. They start to develop knowledge, skills and relationships necessary for them to advance into leadership in order to effect real, sustainable change in the education system.
Long-term, with our continued support, our alumni will bench-mark on their fellowship experience to drive systemic change within and without Uganda’s education sector as policy makers, educational leaders, teachers, non-profit leaders, civil society leaders, corporate leaders, health experts and entrepreneurs; all working together to advocate for education equity.
We are looking to grow to 500 fellows impacting over 250,000 students over the next 5 years, with the plan that 60% of alumni will continue to work to expand opportunities for children and/or to improve the quality of life in under-served communities. Become a fellow
We recruit outstanding recent graduates and professionals from all disciplines with strong academic backgrounds and leadership experience to commit to teach in a rural UPE school for 2 years.
Candidates undergo a rigorous selection process where we assess them on key competencies required for them to be eligible for the fellowship. These include: perseverance and resilience, critical thinking, mission alignment, leadership potential, and persuasive communication skills.
Successful fellows start their fellowship journey with an initial 6-week intensive residential training in pedagogy and leadership. Here, they are introduced to teaching and leadership practices for the classroom such as lesson planning and delivery, classroom management, and community mobilization. Fellows then get the chance to practice their new-found skills in a 3-month Teaching Practice program in rural UPE schools. The training is designed to equip fellows with the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary for them to become exceptional leaders to drive change in the schools and communities where they will be placed.
Once in the classrooms, fellows continue to receive individual and team coaching and support from their dedicated leadership coach to grow in their role as teachers and as leaders throughout the 2-year fellowship. They also have access to professional development through in-service training and online resources.
Fully empowered fellows are placed in rural, low income government-aided primary schools (rural UPE schools) as full time teaching staff for 2 years. We place them in poor, rural government schools because that’s where there is greatest need and great opportunity for change. Fellows will work with the existing teachers to increase student learning outcomes, and also mobilize the community to engage in school activities.
In their second year, fellows will have the opportunity to plan and implement initiatives aimed at addressing challenges affecting the children and the communities they serve.