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. Our innovative approach is designed 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 UPE schools across Uganda to serve as full-time teachers committed to transforming the education outcomes of less-privileged children. Through this 2-year fellowship program, participants (fellows) significantly improve the achievements and aspirations of their students, thereby interrupting the cycle of poverty that affects many Ugandans.
Our inaugural cohort of 14 fellows is already working full-time in 8 UPE schools in Luwero district, and is impacting the learning and life outcomes of over 2,000 students. In 2019, we aim to bring on board our second cohort of 50 fellows 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 under-served communities.
STEP 1: Capacity-building through the 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, 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.
a) Recruitment: Selection and Matriculation
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.
Our fellows are recruited from top universities in Uganda, but we also encourage and welcome Ugandans living abroad to apply.
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.
b) Empowerment: Training and professional development
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.
c) Positioning: Placement in high-need rural communities
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 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.
STEP 2: Sustainability through the Alumni movement
Our fellowship is designed to give young leaders meaningful and impactful experience at the heart of Uganda’s education crisis. Informed by their experience, alumni of the program (and, over time, their students) will work from inside and outside the education system to affect the fundamental changes necessary to ensure excellent and equitable education for all children in Uganda.
Post fellowship, our alumni will join a network of like-minded leaders committed to the collective mission of ending education inequity in Uganda. We 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 excellent education 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.