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. We are developing a movement of leaders to address education inequity inside and outside of the education sector, with a common vision of providing every child with an opportunity to attain an excellent education. We recruit, train and place top university graduates and young professionals in high need primary schools across Uganda to serve as full-time teachers committed to transforming the education outcomes of less-privileged children, through significantly improving their achievements and aspirations in a 2-year teaching as leadership fellowship program.
Our inaugural cohort of 16 fellows are already working as full-time teachers in 8 government-aided primary schools in Luwero district impacting the learning and lifeoutocmes of over 2,000 students. In 2018 and 2019 we aim to hire our second cohort of 50 to impact over 21,000 students’ lives. 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 underserved communities.
1. TFU Fellowship program
We recruit Uganda’s top and most promising university graduates and young professionals from varied disciplines to teach in low-income communities and schools in a two-year fellowship.
The Teach For Uganda fellowship is a 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 coupled with 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 and 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.
2. Recruitment and selection
We recruit outstanding recent graduates and professionals from varied disciplines with strong academic backgrounds, leadership experience and skills to commit to teach in a rural disadvantaged government schools for at least 2 years.
Our fellows are recruited from 5 top universities in Uganda but we also encourage and welcome Ugandans living abroad to apply.
Fellows undergo a rigorous selection process where we assess them on key competencies required for them to be eligible for the fellowship. These include: perseverance, resilience, critical thinking, mission alignment, leadership achievement and others.
3. Pre-service training
Successful fellows start their fellowship journey with an initial 6 week intensive residential training in pedagogy and leadership. Here, they are introduced to teaching as leadership, lesson planning and delivery, classroom management.
Culture of achievement, fundamentals of teaching and teaching techniques and finally community engagement will be among the other points of focus. The training is designed to equip fellows with the knowledge, skills and mindsets necessary for them to become exceptional teacher leaders to drive change in the schools and communities where they will be placed. Additionally, fellows get an opportunity to do teaching practice 2 to 3 hours per day to build their own skills in lesson delivery and classroom management during training.
4. On going support
Once in the classrooms, fellows will continue to receive individual and team coaching and support from their program coordinator to grow in their role as leaders throughout the 2-year fellowship.
Each fellow will have an in-school mentor, a highly experienced teacher to help them integrate in school life, provide support and help in lesson planning and subject content. They will also have access to professional development through in-service training and online resources.
5. School placements
Teach For Uganda places fellows in rural, low income government aided primary schools as full time teaching staff for 2 years. We place in rural poor government schools because there’s need and opportunity.
There’s a high need for teachers because government put a cap to the number of teachers per school irrespective of the total enrolment.
Secondly, there’s an opportunity to have the best possible impact on student outcomes and personal improvement. Fellows will work with the existing teachers to increase student learning outcomes and also mobilize the community to engage in school activities. Beyond the classroom, fellows will have the opportunity to plan and implement initiatives aimed at addressing challenges affecting the children and the communities they serve. Currently, TFU places in Luwero district.
6. Alumni movement
Post fellowship, our alumni will join a network of like-minded leaders committed to a collective mission of ending education inequity in Uganda. TFU will also support our alumni to build their leadership capacity in whatever career path they choose.
Our hope is to see our alumni take on roles in both public and private sectors as policy makers, education leaders, teachers, social entrepreneurs, charity workers, corporate leaders and more, all working together to provide education equity to all children in Uganda.
Our Partners & Supporters
We are deeply grateful to our early stage partners and supporters with whom this vision is possible.