We recruit outstanding graduates from all disciplines of study with strong academic backgrounds and leadership experience to commit to serving as full-time teachers in rural UPE schools 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.
Our fellows are recruited from top universities in Uganda, but we also encourage and welcome Ugandans living abroad to apply.
Successful fellows start their fellowship journey with an initial 6-week intensive residential pre-service 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, learner-centered methodologies of teaching, and community mobilization.
Fellows then get the chance to practice their newfound 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 coaches to grow in their role as effective teachers and leaders throughout the 2-year fellowship. Additionally, they have access to continuous professional development through in-service training and online resources.
Trained fellows are placed in underserved UPE schools as full-time teaching staff for 2 years. We place them in low-income communities because that’s where there is the greatest need and a 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 programs.
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.