Following the Universal Primary Education (UPE 1997) and the Universal Post-Primary Education and Training (UPPET 2007)reforms, access to education has substantially increased in Uganda. This has led to the expansion of existing schools and establishment of more primary,secondary and tertiary institutions. These gains have made a profound contribution to improving the education sector nationwide. However,there is a growing concern on the declining quality of education due to the massive influx of students in existing schools. In this context, providing teachers capable of delivering high quality education is crucial to improving the education sector and fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Goal 4 which is, "To ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."
In order to achieve this objective, the Government of Uganda received a grant from the Kingdom of Belgium to finance the Ugandan-Belgian project entitled Teacher Training Education (TTE) Project. The project is jointly executed by the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and the Enabel, the Belgian development agency Enabel.
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF WORK
The Teacher Training Education Project seeks to strengthen professional competencies of teacher trainers and future teachers graduating from the National Teachers' Colleges (NTCs) in Uganda with a specific emphasis on secondary teacher education.
To reach its objective, the project defined a strategy to address three main areas:
- Institutional development component: to strengthen the colleges and MoES central departments (Teacher/Instructor,Education and Training Department -TIET, Construction Management Unit - CMU, Procurement Disposal Unit - PDU) management systems.
- Infrastructure component: to rehabilitate, expand and equip the college facilities.
- Pedagogy component: to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the colleges and partner secondary schools.
Teacher education is one of the key strategic priorities of the Education sector in Uganda.Particular attention is given to the 5 National Teachers� Colleges (NTCs) responsible for training secondary school teachers.
First Phase Teacher Training
The first phase of the project was initiated in 2011-2016 for a period of 5 years and focused on improving teaching and practice-oriented learning environment of the Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) teachers/instructors, health tutors and secondary school teachers in Uganda.
It was therefore implemented in: